Ato Essien Charged

William Ato Essien

WILLIAM ATO Essien
and Fitzgerald Odonkor —   former
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director respectively of the defunct
Capital Bank —
have been charged by the state for allegedly stealing and misappropriating
GH¢262 million which led to the collapse of the bank.

Charged
along these persons are Tetteh Nettey and Kate Quartey-Papafio, both of whom
have been caught in a conspiracy allegation to steal from the bank they ran
into collapse.

Together,
the four are facing a total of 26 counts of conspiracy to steal, stealing, and money
laundering, among others.

A
copy of the charge sheet filed at an Accra High Court and sighted by DAILY
GUIDE
indicates that Ato Essien and Tetteh Nettey, between October and
November 2015, agreed to act together with a common purpose to steal GH¢100
million from the defunct bank.

 The two, with the help of Fitzgerald Odonkor,
according to the charge sheet, succeeded in stealing and misappropriating a whopping
GH¢100 million belonging to the bank.

Ato Essien and Tetteh Nettey are alleged to have
also stolen —
between the same period —
GH¢30 million from the bank.

According
to the charge sheet, the two, again in January 2016, stole and laundered an
amount of GH¢35 million from the bank.

The
charges against Messrs Essien and Nettey also state that the two, in June 2015,
stole another GH¢2 million from the defunct bank orchestrated by Fitzgerald
Odonkor.

Also,
Ato Essien and Tetteh Nettey, are said to have stolen another GH¢5 million from
the bank in September 2015, engineered by Fitzgerald Odonkor.

The
alleged ‘rot’ also includes another theft of GH¢12 million by Ato Essien.

Kate
Quartey and Ato Essien were accused of conspiring to steal and stealing GH¢70
million from the bank between June and August 2017.

Other
monies allegedly stolen by the accused person included GH¢8.5 million in
October 2016 belonging to the bank.

Charges

Ato
Essien and Tetteh Nettey are each facing two counts of conspiracy to steal,
while Kate Quartey Papafio is facing a count of conspiracy to steal.

Ato
Essien and Tetteh Nettey are facing other four counts of stealing, while Ato
Essien alone is facing other six counts of stealing.

Furthermore,
Ato Essien and Tetteh Nettey are facing two counts of money laundering while
Ato Essien is facing another five counts of money laundering.

Failed Banks

The
charges against the four come a few months after President Akufo-Addo and
Attorney General, Gloria Afua Akuffo, reiterated that the directors of the
seven failed banks found culpable would be prosecuted.

Already,
the directors of the defunct Capital Bank have been sued for mismanagement and
breach of banking regulations which led to the collapse of the bank.

The suit, filed by Vish Ashiagbor and Eric Nana
Nipah  — joint receivers of
the bank  — faulted the
shareholders of the bank, as well as its founder, William Ato Essien, for
making the bank to lose a whopping GH¢748.251 million.

The
directors and shareholders have been accused of illegally approving loans and
placing funds to themselves and related parties without the requisite
collateral.

In
their statement of claim, the plaintiffs blamed the collapse of the bank on
“mismanagement and breaches of the banking sector regulations.”

“The record shows that as a direct result of the misgovernance of the defendants and the willful breaches of the banking regulations, as at December 31, 2015, the plaintiff had a cumulative amount of approximately GH¢482 million as impaired and/or non-existent investments, which amount include a false representation of GH¢52.3 million misrepresented to the Bank of Ghana as required capital for the grant of the requisite banking licence,” the suit averred.

BY Gibril Abdul Razak



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