The Tamale Police have arrested a 27-year-old man, Fuseini Sadat, for posing as a staff of both Agriculture Development Bank (adb) and Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) main branches and defrauding unsuspecting customers.
According to Chief Inspector Martin Obin Botwe, the suspect on March 21, 2013 approached a female student, Azumah Tanii, who was in the banking hall to pay her school fees, and introduced himself as a staff of GCB.
Sadat then requested that the victim hand over the money to him so that he would fill the banker’s draft form for her, which she readily obliged and handed over the amount of GH?1,000 to the supposed staff of the bank.
The suspect then went behind the counter and returned within some few minutes to tell the victim that the manager of GCB has sent him to get some coins for the bank and requested that the victim follow him there, to which the victim obliged again.
Chief inspector Botwe added that the suspect took the victim to Anointed Electricals store, which is some few metres away from the Tamale main police station.
The suspect then told the victim to buy him a polythene bag but when she returned the suspect was nowhere to be found.
The suspect again on November 15, 2013 went to adb main branch in Tamale and while lurking around the banking hall to find a prey, he saw Azumah David and Alhassan Ibrahim, who were there to deposit money, and approached them and introduced himself to them as a staff of adb and requested they give him the money to deposit it for them.
Azumah David and Alhassan Ibrahim gave him GH?350 and GH?400 respectively and the victim after collecting the money gave his victims two deposit slips to run photocopies for him outside the bank.
When they returned, the suspect had bolted with their money. The case was reported to the bank security, but the suspect couldn’t be traced.
Luck however eluded Sadat on February 21, 2014 when he went back to adb ostensibly to defraud people again.
He was identified by one of his victims, who was there to transact business. The suspect was quickly arrested and handed over to the police, where he readily admitted the offence and confessed being behind some of these fraudulent activities in the banks. According to Chief Inspector Botwe, Sadat was being processed for court tomorrow.
In an interview with The Finder newspaper, some customers of GCB Main have complained that the fraudsters have been defrauding people almost every week and they have lodged series of complaints with the leadership of the bank but nothing positive seems to be happening.