|Huge sums of money have been fraudulently wired from the vaults of the Ghana Commercial Bank through certain accounts with the connivance of the Bank’s IT department, according to the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO).
The anti-fraud agency has therefore frozen the accounts through which the crime was being perpetrated.
The accounts belong to individuals and companies including Mr Akato Haizel, Matilda Dankwa Adjoa, B J Net Company ltd and Osuaka Ventures.
A letter signed by the Executive Director of EOCO dated December 27, 2013 and sent to the Managing Director of GCB at the Bank’s Head Office in Accra ordered the immediate freezing of the five accounts.
The letter said: “Please take notice that pursuant to the authority conferred on the Executive Director by section 33 of the Economic and Organised Crimes Office Act 2010 (act 804), the Executive Director of EOCO has directed the freezing of the bank account of Akato Haizel, Matilda Dankwa Adjoa, B J Net Company ltd and Osuaka Ventures with your branch pending investigations into various crimes”.
“This order takes immediate effect. Until this order is revoked or elapses, your bank shall not allow any transactions on the account without the written authority of the Executive Director except the ff:
“Deposits / credit into the account including but not limited to cash transfers from other sources, interests if any, deposits and credits resulting from the encashment of financial instruments such as treasury bonds, shares, bills of exchanges etc, and additions of financial assets from other sources”.
“Further in pursuant of investigations, you are requested to corporate and furnish the Executive Director of ECOCO with the ff:
“Account opening documents, statements of accounts from date the said account was opened to date, copies of cheques drawn on the account for the same period, swift messages and transfers into the account, and please be advised accordingly”.
Signed Executive Director, EOCO
CC: Head, Banking Supervision,
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