Beige Bank case: Nyinaku accused of issuing misleading investment certificates to unsuspecting customers

A witness in the ongoing criminal case against the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and owner of Beige Bank, Mike Nyinaku, told the Accra High Court that the accused supervised the issuance of misleading investment certificates to unsuspecting customers, who believed they were investing with the Bank.

Julius Ayivor, the first prosecution witness, a chartered accountant, with auditing and advisory firm, KPMG, said this during cross examination conducted by the counsel for accused, Mr Thaddeus Sory, on Monday.

He told the court presided over by Justice AfiaSerwaaAsare-Botwe, a Court of Appeal judge sitting with additional responsibility as a High Court judge, that  Nyinaku instructed transfer of customers monies from Beige Bank to a sister company, Beige Capital Asset Management, which was also owned by the accused.

On March 17, Mr Sorry suggested to the witness that customer funds that had allegedly been siphoned from Beige Bank to Beige Capital Asset Management were done in the ordinary course of Beige Bank’s business.

MrSory argued that customers’ monies with the Bank formed part of the Bank’s property and are not the property of shareholders or customers, who deposited those funds/monies with the Bank.

In his response,MrAyivor explained that even though, customers funds/monies with Beige Bank became the property of the Bank, those funds/monies equally stood to the credit of those customers to whom the Bank had an obligation to pay back those funds/monies, when those customers made a request for them.

The facts of the case as narrated by Alfred Tuah-Yeboah, Deputy Attorney General, were as follows: Mike Nyinaku was the former CEO of the Beige Bank Limited and on August 1, 2018, Bank of Ghana revoked the banking license of Beige Bank and placed it in receivership.

A review of the financial and other records of the Bank conducted by the Receiver and his team revealed several suspicious and unusual transactions, which were subsequently reported to the law enforcement agencies for investigation.

The Deputy AG said the investigations conducted revealed that between 2015 and 2018, the accused as CEO of the Bank had allegedly used various means to transfer huge sums of monies to companies related to him and for his personal benefit.

Mike Nyinaku is standing trial on 43 counts of stealing, fraudulent breach of trust and money laundering, involving the siphoning of a total of GH¢1.3 billion from the defunct Beige Bank between 2015 and 2018.

He pleaded not guilty to all his charges.


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