June 11, 2013 (Page 29)
A former Deputy Manager of the
Odorkor branch of the Prudential Bank, Bernice Yeboah, is before the
Accra Circuit Court for allegedly withdrawing GH¢40,500 from the account
of a customer of the bank.
She has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of stealing and
been granted bail by Mrs Justice Patience Mills-Tetteh, a High Court
judge sitting with additional responsibility as a Circuit Court judge.
Bernice is expected to return to the court on June 18, 2013.
prosecutor, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr A. A. Annor,
informed the court that in August, 2012, a witness in the case and a
customer of Prudential Bank informed management of the bank that he had
discovered that the accused person had withdrawn GH¢40,500 from his
account without his knowledge.
The bank lodged a complaint with the police to investigate the matter and that led to Bernice’s arrest on January 23, 2013.
by the police revealed that in 2011, while the witness was vying for
the Afram Plains South parliamentary seat, he used to travel from Afram
Plains to the Odorkor branch of Prudential Bank to withdraw money.
to the prosecution, it came up during investigations that the witness
was convinced by the accused person to sign savings withdrawal slips
which were to be kept with her so that whenever the witness needed
money, he could send someone with a written note and an identity card to
enable her to cash the money for him.
Eight of the savings
withdrawal slips were signed and left with the accused person, but the
witness never sent anyone to the accused person to cash money for him.
complainant went to the bank to check his balance and observed, to his
surprise, that GH¢40,500 had been withdrawn from it without his
knowledge and consent.
Investigations uncovered that the accused
person used the savings withdrawal slips signed by the witness in her
custody to withdraw the said amount.