A 19-year-old student of the Kpando Senior High School has been sentenced to four year in prison for stealing a total of GHC2,404 from the accounts of three teachers at the Ghana Commercial Bank in Koforidua.
Hagan Ofori was said to have loitered around the ATM machine area and offered assistance to those who found it difficult to use the machine.
He was said to have gotten the pin numbers of the three teachers who struggled to operate the machine, and exchanged their ATM cards with different ones.
Prosecuting, Sergeant Hayford Osei explained to the Kofodua Magistrate court, presided over by Mrs. Priscilla Yeboah that in May and June, Ofori who assisted two teachers, Regina Awuni Atariyam and Eric Afram Dwamena (complainants) to withdraw monies from the ATM exchanged their cards with different ones.
He then used the ATM cards of the two teachers to withdraw GH¢1,300 and GH¢744 respectively from their GCB account in Koforidua amounting to about GH¢2,044.
The teachers upon detection of the theft of their ATM cards and the money reported the matter to the bank.
Sergeant Osei said on July, 8 this year, Ofori again helped another teacher by name Avode Amivi Dogbeba and likewise exchanged his card with a different one.
He later went to withdraw GH¢350 from Dogbeda’s account at the Ghana Commercial Bank in Somanya.
Following checks at the GCB branch in Koforidua, Ofori was captured on one of the CCTV cameras at the bank where he was seen attempting to use one of the stolen ATM cards to withdraw money from one of the accounts.
The bank, reported the matter to the Koforidua Criminal Investigation Department (CID) where an investigation into the matter was conducted and Ofori was arrested.