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Security man jailed 15 years for GH¢1.5 million ATM theft

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A private security man at the center of a GH¢1.5 million ATM theft at the Takoradi Market Circle branch of the GCB Bank has been jailed 15 years with hard labor after a trial which lasted almost five years.

The Sekondi High Court handed the sentence to Osei Owusu Baffour who was found to have succeeded in making fraudulent ATM withdrawals and used part of the money to acquire 10 luxury vehicles for himself, and two taxis for his colleague security man, known also as Essien, as a gift. He also opened several personal bank accounts and one for his child.

 

Baffour was charged with stealing while two officials of the bank were also charged with abetment of stealing. The court presided over by Mr. Justice Peter Kwabena Ababio, however, acquitted and discharged the two, Geoffrey Kofi Dawohoso, the then ATM Custodian, and Charles Kobina Essien.

In their defense, they established that it was the branch manager (now deceased) who facilitated the moves by the convict to commit the crime.