Less than four months after 10 employees of the First International Bank (FIBank) were charged with stealing US$1.2M from the bank, four other employees have been arrested for reportedly stealing US$300,100, this time from the bank’s branch in Ganta Nimba County.
According to police spokesman, Sam Collins, the employees were arrested on February 7 by the Major Crimes Investigation Department, a newly established section of the Liberia National Police (LNP) clothed with the responsibility to investigate economic crimes and other financial malpractices US$10,000 and above.
The police spokesman, who made the disclosure yesterday during a press conference at the LNP headquarters, further alleged that defendants Dayton S. Boe, Watson N. Yeanue, Daniel A. Barria and the only female codefendant, Laurenta K.Y. Paye, were booked on one count of “theft of property” based on complaint filed by the managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the bank, Wole Sodipe, and deputy managing director, Mrs. Rhoda von Ballmoos.
Unlike Ms. Paye and few others, Dayton Saye Boe acquired a pastoral certificate from the United Methodist University (UMU) in Monrovia, but subsequently gained employment as a bank teller.
Collins claimed that all of the defendants voluntarily admitted to the crime, saying they committed the act collectively, while some of the accused were off duty.
The police spokesman said they had been forwarded to the Magisterial Court in Nimba County for prosecution.
According to him, the bank’s operators’ manual prevents employees, especially tellers, from sharing their respective passwords, saying, “password must be kept secret at all times for security reasons
As a result of the alleged fraudulent action, they made away with US$300,100.
Collins said, “It was systematically established that the defendants knowingly purposely and criminally shared their passwords as a conspiracy for the sole intent of committing “theft” as evidenced by the manner and style in which they fraudulently posted, filled in withdrawal slips that received the amount and destroyed their respective withdrawal slips,” he added.
In October 2014, ten other employees of the bank were charged and forwarded to Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice in connection with their alleged role in the disappearance of US$1.2 million from individual customers’ accounts at the bank.