A 40-year-old field officer of the Akuapim Rural Bank, who is facing 37 counts of stealing and defrauding by false pretence, has been granted a GH¢30,000 bail with two sureties by a Koforidua Circuit Court.
That was after his lawyer, Mr Adjei-Lartey, filed a motion for review of the judge’s previous order, when the accused was admitted to a bail in the sum of GH¢300,000 with two sureties to justify but could not meet, and was, therefore remanded.
George Kofi Manu, who pleaded not guilty to all the counts, was said to have allegedly embezzled an amount of GH¢73,556.25 belonging to the bank.
He would re-appear before the court, presided over by Mr. James Benson on January 22.
Prosecuting, Assistant State Attorney, Cyril Boateng Keteku, explained that the accused was the former head of the Micro Finance Department of the bank, while the complainant, Mr. Nii Awuku, is the General Manager of the bank.
He said that on June 17, 2014, auditors who went through the normal end of month accounts of the accused, detected that he had embezzled the said amount belonging to the bank between the periods of February 11, 2014 to June 14, 2014 without their knowledge.
The accused, who was quizzed by the management of the bank admitted taking the money.
The case was immediately reported to the Mamfe police and the accused was arrested and interrogated and he admitted the offence and pleaded to be granted bail to enable him pay half of the amount by June 21, 2014.
He however, failed to pay on the said date after being granted bail by the District Commander and was re-arrested by the Mamfe Police and put before the court again after investigations.
From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-