Court remands man who stole GH¢ 292,534 to cure his ailing mother

Court remands man who stole GH¢ 292,534 to cure his ailing mother

A 30-year-old man, Henry Hoyle, has been remanded into police custody by an for allegedly stealing GH¢292,534 belonging to his employer. Hoyle, who pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing, confessed to the police that he had taken the money to care for his ailing mother.

The court presided over by Isaac Oheneba Kuffour, convicted Hoyle on his own plea but deferred sentencing pending the reconciliation of the money he has refunded. The case has been adjourned to February 14, 2024.

According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Evans Kesse, the complainant, who heads the Human Resource Department of an undisclosed company engaged in online sales, reported that Hoyle, a former employee, had been involved in the theft.

The prosecution revealed that the accused, employed as a finance associate, was responsible for various financial transactions, including cash management and customer service refunds. In May 2021, the company discovered discrepancies during an internal financial check, revealing that Hoyle had been diverting funds into his personal accounts.

When confronted, Hoyle admitted to the theft, stating that he had used the money for his mother's medical expenses. In an attempt to cover his tracks, he disabled the MTN Mobile Money service from his contacts. However, the court obtained mobile money statements, exposing the fraudulent transactions.

Investigations revealed that Hoyle had misappropriated a total of GHC292,534 between December 27, 2018, and May 12, 2021, by transferring funds into his personal accounts. The accused allegedly dispersed the stolen money by transferring it to various accounts, ultimately leading to his arrest and prosecution.

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