Court grants two bail over GH¢129,451 bank theft

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An Accra Circuit Court has granted two persons varied bail sums over an alleged GHC129,451.37 bank theft.

Jonathan Essel Mensah, 29, banker, was granted a GHC130,000.00 with two sureties whilst Michael Kwame Bewie, 28, student, was granted GHC100,000.00 with two sureties.

The Court presided over by Mr Obiri Yeboah ordered that all the sureties be family members.
 Mensah and Bewie pleaded not guilty to stealing and abetment of crime, respectively.

They will make their next appearance on February 23, 2022.

Police Chief Inspector Dennis Terkpertey told the Court that Frank Abdulai, the complainant was a financial investigator for Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited and resided at Japan Motors, Adenta.

The prosecution said Mensah resided at Banana Inn with Bewie residing at Nungua, all suburbs of Accra.

It said on July 5, 2021, Mensah who was a Relationship Officer at Fidelity Bank Kantamanto Branch, created a Fidelity Bank mobile application with a customer by name Ernest Steve Okoampah, a witness in the case on mobile phone number 0201357028 and connected it to the witness’s account number 2030110020500.

Mensah, the prosecution said, transferred cash amount of GHC100,000.00 into a Ghana Commercial Bank account number 1491060026374 belonging to Bewie on subsequent days listed below; transferred GHC30,000.00 on July 5, 2021, transferred GHC30,000.00 on July 7, 2021, transferred GHC27,000.00 on July 8, 2021, and transferred GHC13,000.00 on July 13, 2021.

The prosecution said Mensah went ahead and transferred funds from the mobile application he had created onto 14 different mobile phone wallets as listed below: on June 25, 2021, transferred GHC3003.00 and GHC610.00 to phone numbers 0244283598 and 0241922682 respectively.

It said on June 26, 2021, Mensah transferred GHC567.00 and GHC1600.00 to phone numbers 0557927684 and 0208153595 respectively.

The prosecution said on June 27, 2021, he transferred GHC150.00 to 0557200982 and GHC79.00 on June 28, 2021, GHC100.00 to 0275210090 and 0269700923 as well as GHC4,030.00 to 0593882486 on June 29, 2021.

It said Mensah also transferred GHC5,000.00 to 0593882486 and on July 2, 2021 and July 3, 2021, he sent GHC151.00, GHC51.00 and GHC4000 to 0243053257, 0275210090 and 0547726398, respectively.

The prosecution said, on July 4, 2021, Mensah transferred GHC5000.0 to 0203239881 and on July 8, 2021, he transferred GHC5000.00 to 0203239881.

It said the accused persons were arrested during investigations and that Mensah, after transferring GHC100,000.00 into Bewie’s Ghana Commercial Bank account number 1491060026374, he went ahead and instructed Bewie to withdraw and deposit same into his GT Bank account number 2012014221590 on July 8, 2021, and July 15, 2021, respectively.

The prosecution said investigation was ongoing.

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