Mobile banker convicted for stealing over Gh¢32,000

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    A mobile banker who stole an amount of GH¢32,751.41 belonging to customers of Ahantaman Rural Bank Limited has been sentenced to one-day imprisonment by the Tarkwa Magistrate court two.

    The convict, who was charged with stealing, pleaded guilty to the charge.

    The court, presided over by Isaac Osei Asare, in addition, fined the convict, Betty Essien, GH¢600.00 in default, she would serve three months’ imprisonment.

    Before the judgement, the court said it considered the fact that the convict is a first-time offender and has also refunded GH¢32,000.00 out of the money she embezzled.

    The convict, who showed remorse, had also pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy. The court further directed that Betty should refund the balance of GH¢751.41 to the complainant.

    Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Joseph Lartey, told the court that, the complainant, Nana Baffour Akoto Nti, is the Manager of Ahantaman Rural Bank Limited, Nsuaem branch, in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality, while Betty was a mobile banker with the same firm.

    He said on March 30, this year, internal auditors of the bank conducted an audit on all mobile bankers working with the firm.

    The prosecution said, the audit report revealed that Betty had stolen an amount of GH¢25,537.19.

    According to Inspector Lartey, officials of the bank were not convinced about the report. Thus, they later engaged the service of external auditors who detected that Ms Essien rather stole, GH¢32,751.41.

    The complainant subsequently made a report against Betty, to the Police and she was arrested for interrogation.

    The prosecution said Betty admitted the offence and explained that she used part of the money to rent an apartment for herself and bought some personal belongings.