Crime & Punishment of 2014-01-30

Man in custody for stealing Ghc750,000 from GCB

The General Manager of Kubator Labs Company, Dave Nii Danso, has been remanded in police custody by an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly stealing Ghc750,000 from the vault of the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB).

Danso is said to have fraudulently transferred Ghc750,000 from the vault of the GCB into the accounts of three of his employees and succeeded in cashing GH¢51,000 through one of the accounts.

He was charged with conspiracy to steal and stealing.

Danso pleaded not guilty when he appeared before the court. He is to reappear before the court, presided over by Mr Francis Obiri, on February 5, 2014.

Danso’s arrest brings to two the number of persons arrested and remanded in police custody in connection with the fraudulent money transfer from the GCB’s vault.

Presenting the facts of the case, the prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) A. Dery, said the accused person was the General Manager of Kubator Labs Company, a computer software development firm.

He said in December, 2013, the accused requested three of his employees to give him their GCB account details for him to transfer some money into them and the employees complied.

On December 20, 2013, Ghc250,000 was transferred into the three accounts and Danso requested the account owners to cash the money for him.

One of them cashed Ghc51,000 over the counter and from an automated teller machine (ATM) for the accused person.

The GCB later realised that the money had fraudulently been transferred into those accounts.

The account owners were arrested when they attempted to cash some money from their accounts.

DSP Dery said investigations led to the arrest of Danso, who admitted having received Ghc51,000 from one of his employees.

Upon interrogation, Danso mentioned one Fred Humphrey, a Nigerian, as the one who transferred the money into the three accounts.

The GCB has been faced with the fraudulent wiring of huge sums of money from its vault into private accounts in recent times.

About two weeks ago, a national service person was arrested for allegedly wiring huge sums of money from the GCB’s vault into some private accounts.

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