Constable Nicholas Owusu Asante

Constable Nicholas Owusu Asante, a police officer who was assigned to guard Miss Rachel Florence Appoh, a Deputy Minister of Gender and Social Protection, has been arrested by the police for withdrawing money from the bank account of the deputy minister without her knowledge.

The suspected Constable, who passed out in 2011, was stationed in Kasoa but attached to the Deputy Minister.

He is being investigated by the police Criminal Investigative Department (CID) for allegedly stealing some cheque leaflets from Ms Appoh?s chequebook and managing to withdraw cash to the tune of GH?6,500.

The suspect was arrested on November 19, 2013 at the Adabraka branch of the Agricultural Development Bank after he attempted to cash GH?100.00 with one of the stolen cheque leaflets from the account of the deputy minister.

Briefing the media, Commissioner of Police (COP) Prosper Kwame Agblor, said on November 8, 2013, Rachel Appoh went to her bank to withdraw some money and detected unusual cash withdrawals from her personal account without her authorisation.

Rachel Florence Appoh

Rachel Florence Appoh

She also realised that her cheque leaflets with serial numbers between 151901 and 151925 were lost.

A complaint was made at the bank and surveillance was mounted to monitor the unusual cash withdrawals from the said account.

On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Nicholas forged the signature of his boss on one of the stolen cheque leaflets to withdraw GH?100.00 at the Adabraka branch of the bank.

The Adabraka Police were immediately called by the bank officials to the scene to apprehend the suspect.

Constable Owusu Asante was later taken to the Commercial Crime Unit of the police CID for interrogation.

Investigations are ongoing to retrieve the stolen cheque booklet beside other enquires by the police.

BY Linda Tenyah

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