A 33-year-old Stanbic Bank staff in Ghana, Martha Amakye, has been declared wanted by the Ghana Police Service for reportedly duping scores of customers of the bank, to the tune of more than GH ¢900,000.
The suspect who is a sales officer at the Tema Community One branch of Stanbic Bank, absconded after the Financial Crime Control Unit of the bank, found out she was involved in some fraudulent transactions.
According to various media reports, the Stanbic Bank staff collected sums of money from customers of the bank between 2015 and 2016, on the pretext of investing it in fixed deposits.
Without the consent of the management of the bank, Martha Amakye allegedly contacted the victims and many other customers and lured them with a high-interest rate on their investment -reportedly between 18 and 20 percent per month.
It was revealed that most of the victims paid their funds meant for the said investment to the suspect in the banking hall, while others paid to her outside the bank. These reports were obtained from preliminary investigations conducted by the Commercial Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service and the Financial Crime Control Unit of the bank.
Reports from the investigations continued that after collecting the money; Martha issued the victims with copies of suspected fake deposit slips. More so, Amakye allegedly paid what she claimed to be interest accrued from the fixed deposit investment to some of the initial investors but retained the principal amounts with the explanation that the amount would be reinvested.
On hearing about the juicy package, scores of customers from other branches of the bank trooped to the Tema Community One branch of the bank. However, some of the customers did not get what they expected. Stanbic Bank Ghana has received numerous complaints from victims whose money had been collected by the suspect.
Pictures of the Stanbic worker has been posted on the bank’s Facebook timeline, with a message urging anyone with information on her whereabouts, to call the police and customers have also been encouraged to always make payments directly to tellers and demand receipts or stamped payment slips for all payments.