Mankranso Police arrest suspect in fake cheque deal

Mankranso Police have arrested Felix Fordjour, an accounts staff member of the Ahafo Ano South District Assembly in the Ashanti Region for suspecting him in a fake cheque amount to the tune of GH¢96, 668.84
He is believed to have forged the signatures of the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Gabriel Barimah; the District Co-ordinating Director, Mohammed Yaya and the District Finance Officer, Nsiah Boateng.
This amount is different from GH¢133, 000.00 which recently was reported missing from the bank account of the assembly at the National Investment Bank (NIB).
According to the Mankranso District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), John Adusei Fordjour was one of the two suspects who were granted bail to assist the police investigations concerning the GH¢133, 000.00 saga.
He said subsequently, the assembly had informed the police of the fake cheque deal amounting to the said GH¢96, 668.84
He said the assembly detected this when it was preparing its balance sheet and a teller at the NIB had informed the assembly that cheque for the said amount had been debited to the assembly twice on the same day, Monday April 11, 2016.
He further said that the cheque was prepared by one accounts staff member of the assembly (name withheld) on Friday April 8, 2016 to pay off one of its contractors, Dirinaa Company Limited, but the accounts person could not do clearance at the Bank of Ghana.
He added that while clearance at the Bank of Ghana could not materialise the suspect, Fordjour had been asking him whether he was able to do since Fordjour claimed that he had some friends the contractor was owing, a claim the the contractor has vehemently denied.
DSP Adusei said the accounts officer managed to do the clearance and all that mattered on Monday, April 11, 2016 where the Bank of Ghana was able to credit the said GH¢96, 668.84 to the account of the assembly at the NIB.
He said to the biggest surprise of all, an unknown group managed to forged signatures of the DCE, Director and Finance Officer to open a new account in the name of the assembly at the Atonsu branch of the Adansiman Rural Bank.
The Mankranso Police Commander said after some time on the same day (Monday, April 11, 2016) the unknown group of persons having monitored the payment of the said amount also went to the Bank of Ghana in the name of the assembly with a similar cheque where the bank again credited the same amount to the fake account at the Adansiman Rural Bank.
He said checks made by the police showed that the money had already been cashed at Adansiman Rural Bank and police were speeding investigations to trace the whereabouts of the group.
He said that meant that payment for both the genuine and fake cheques was made in two installments – GH¢52, 810.59 and GH¢43, 858.25 twice on the same day, a development that called for swift investigations to bring the miscreants to book.