For “Stealing Over US$17,000”, EcoBank’s Female Teller Sent To Court

(By Abraham S. Sollie/GNN Judicial Reporter)

Eco_webA female teller at EcoBank Liberia Limited has been arrested, investigated, charged and sent to court for allegedly misusing and stealing over US$17,000 from the bank’s customer.

According to the police charge sheet, a copy which is in the possession of this paper, the  teller, a 38-year old woman identified as Kunoh Sackor, was on July 18, 2016 arrested based upon a complaint filed with the Liberia National Police (LNP) by Mr. Varney Kromah,  a Security investigator and Internal Auditor  on behalf of the Management of EcoBank, duly informed of her Constitutional (Statutory) rights, thoroughly investigated and subsequently charged with the crimes of Misapplication of Entrusted Property and Theft of Property.

In his complaint to the police the charge sheet noted, Mr. Kromah told the police that Suspect Kunoh, while in the employed of the bank and assigned at the 15th Street Sinkor Sub-branch in Monrovia as a live teller, received the total amount of US$17,087 from some customers of the bank.

Mr. Kromah complained to police investigators that the US$17,087 received by Suspect Kunoh, was intended to be deposited into various customers’ account at the bank but said instead, she has failed to account for the said amount.

The charge sheet added that the suspect was duly represented by her legal counsel, Atty. James Kumeh in whose presence the police said she (Suspect Kunoh) admitted to the commission of the crimes.

The LNP charge sheet furthered that preliminary investigation conducted with Suspect Kunoh revealed that the US$17,087 collected from the bank’s customers by her (suspect) was suppressed and that proceeds diverted to her personal used and benefits.

“That while Suspect Kunoh Sackor was in the employed of EcoBank, assigned at its 5th Street, Sinkor Branch on 14th July 2016, she knowingly and purposely received from the herein named individuals and institutions, cash totaling US$17,087 which was intended to be deposited but  diverted same  to her personal used and benefits. That in like form and manner, Suspect Kunoh Sackor criminally and intentionally took customers deposits totaling US$3,000  to make a repayment using the term digging hole and covering hole (using other customers’ deposits to cover up shortages accrued through her criminal act) after which she could not account for US$20,000,” the charge sheet narrated.

Police investigators said that the investigation has resolved to charge Suspect Kunoh with Misapplication of Entrusted Property and Theft of Property predicated upon documentary evidence including deposit tickets or slips as well as the voluntary admission of the suspect to the crimes.

They indicated that the crimes are in violation of Chapter 15 Section 15.56 and 15.51 respectively of the revised Penal Law of Liberia.

A chart from the bank statement disclosed that Suspect Kunoh allegedly received deposits from institutions and individuals at various dates including TOTAL Liberia, Inc, Matrex Star LIB, Candi Howard, Cuttington University, Smythe Institute, Petro Trade, Inc among others.

Meanwhile, the charge sheet stated that Suspect Kunoh has been forwarded to court and is awaiting court trial.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.