An Accra Circuit Court has granted a GH₵100,000.00 bail with three sureties to a 28-year-old woman, Harriet Nyanyo, for allegedly stealing GH₵92,000.00 from the Perfecto Premium Micro-Credit Enterprise, her employer.
The Court presided over by Mr K.K. Obiri-Yeboah also ordered that one of the sureties should be a family member.
Madam Nyanyo was also charged for forging documents of the financial institution to steal the money.
She has denied the charge of forging documents and is to make her next appearance on January 17, 2022.
Police Chief Inspector Martin Acheampong told the Court that Paul Akwa, the complainant, is the Managing Director of Perfecto Premium, a licensed and registered microcredit enterprise located at Lapaz in Accra.
He said the accused was an employee of the Micro-Credit compony and she was employed on June 1, 2020, as a loan officer whose assigned roles were to verify customers’ houses, recover loans and assist in the disbursement of loans.
She was also tasked to manage seven loan groups dotted at Labadi, Lapaz, and Mallam. Mr. Akwa added that Nyanyo, after some few months at her job, was engaged in financial malfeasance leading to the appropriation of the GH₵92,000.00 from the Micro-Credit Enterprise, Police Chief Inspector Acheampong said.
The Court heard that the complainant discovered that the accused person lured people to show interest in loans the enterprise was giving out.
She thereafter processed the approval of the loans for the persons and cashed the monies for herself using the ID cards she collected.
The prosecution said, in her attempt to perpetuate her act of stealing from the enterprise, she also engaged in forgery of documents at the office to disburse loans for herself under the guise of the people she lured to show interest in the loans.
Chief Inspector Acheampong said on October 6, 2021, at 2:00pm, the complainant lodged a complaint with the Lapaz Police which led to her arrest and she was handed over to the Police for investigation.
Chief Inspector Acheampong said the accused in her caution statement admitted having forged documents and lured clients to claim loans for her.
During investigations, she pleaded with the Police to be allowed to refund all the money she took. As a result, she was released on bail to assist in the investigation to recoup the stolen money for her employers but she failed.
The prosecution said an amount of GH₵1,460.00 out of GH₵92,000.00 was retrieved and after further investigation, the accused was arraigned.
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