A former female cashier of the Amansie West Rural Bank, in the Ashanti region, who allegedly stole GHC82,000.00 belonging to customers of the bank, was on Friday, arraigned before a Kumasi circuit court.
Juliana Gyabeng, 36, pleaded not guilty to the charge of stealing, and the court, presided over by Mrs. Lydia Osei Marfo, granted her GH¢100,000.00 bail with four sureties with two of them to be justified and the case adjourned to September 2.
Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Felix Akowua said, the accused, currently unemployed, was a former staff of the bank’s branch at Manso Adubia in the district.
The accused, according to prosecution, worked as a cashier at the bank, and in August 2015, she allegedly stole the amount.
Chief Insp. Akowua said in July and August 2015, while Gyabeng was at post at the bank, the management of the bank received reports about the stealing of customers money.
Consequently, the bank, led by its head of internal audit, Awudu Issaka, conducted an internal audit on the accounts of the customers, prosecution told the court.
Chief Insp Akowua said Gyabeng failed to credit money deposited by customers to their accounts at the bank.
Police Chief Insp. Akowuah told the court that, Gyabeng upon realising that her deeds were uncovered, vacated post without any formal notice to her employers, and went into hiding.
The prosecution said that Gyabeng, from her hideout managed to pay GHC 10,000.00 to the bank through her mother, but she could not pay the rest of the amount of the money.
The Manso Nkwanta Police arrested Gyabeng from her hideout in Kumasi.
FROM KINGSLEY E. HOPE, KUMASI