A staff of Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited, Patrick Kodua, and a Travel Agent Eunice Adu have been arraigned before the Madina District Court for stealing and forging documents belonging to a businessman at East Legon.


The two have been charged with six counts of stealing contrary to section 124 (1) Criminal offence Act 1960(ACT 29), Forgery of other Document: Contrary to section 159 Criminal offences ACT 1960 (29), Abetment of Crime to wit Forgery of Official Document: Contrary to section 20(1) and 158 Criminal Offences.


The trial Magistrate of Madina District Court, Richard Delali Anku admitted the accused persons to a bail sum of 10,000 and one surety each, after both pleaded not guilty to all six charges.

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Facts:
Eunice Adu aged 48 is the Chief Executive Officer of Travel Bureau Ltd Accra and also the former wife of the complainant, Martin Acheampong Danquah while Patrick Koduah is a banker and works with Stanbic Bank Ghana Ltd who is now a former Relationship Manager of the said Bank.


The Complaint and Eunice Adu was once married couple and had two children but on 28th December 2016 their marriage was customarily dissolved by their respective families.


Prior to that in 2010, the complainant discovered to his utmost surprise that his land Title Certificate bearing his name was stolen from his bedroom which he asked his ex-wife on several occasions but she denied ever seeing the document.

After a long search for the document, complainant opted to get a replacement from Land Title Registration Department of Lands Commission, only to detect that the Land Title Certificate No GA12181 which was stolen from his room has been used as Deed of Mortage by himself and Travel Bureau Ltd in favor of Stanbic Bank Gh. Ltd.


The complainant had no idea of this transaction and therefore reported the case to the police on 20//08/18 for investigation.

Police set an investigation into the matter and served the Managing Director of Stanbic Bank Gh. Ltd with a court order for disclosure of information to provide police with all the documents that were used in the loan application process by Eunice Adu to assist the police investigation.


Investigations revealed that Eunice Adu used the Land Title Certificates as collateral to secure a loan facility of $ 150,000.00 in 2007 and that she also forged complainant signature on pages of the Deed of Mortage.

It was also found that on 30th July 2007, she again forged the signature of the complainant on the consent letter to the Bank, while the second accused person, Patrick Koduah who was then Relationship Manager of the Bank and whose duty was to deal with customers, refused to verify the land documents presented to him by Eunice Adu which were in the name of Martin Acheampong Danquah but rather aided and abetted her to obtain the loan facility.


By: Ama Brako Ampofo

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