Huge sums of money have reportedly been siphoned from the vaults of the Ghana Commercial Bank and deposited into private accounts with the connivance of the Bank’s IT department, according to reports by Radioxyzonline and Myjoyonline .
According to the two reports, the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) has subsequently frozen the accounts through which the crime was being perpetrated.
The reports indicated that the frozen accounts belong to Mr Akato Haizel, Matilda Dankwa Adjoa and two other companies; B J Net Company ltd and Osuaka Ventures.
The report said a letter signed by the Executive Director of EOCO dated December 27, 2013 and sent to the Managing Director of GCB, Mr. Simon Dornoo 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 following: 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”.
The letter said: “Further in pursuant of investigations, you are requested to coorporate and furnish the Executive Director of ECOCO with the following: 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”.