Man fined for mistakenly spending money credited to his account

A circuit court in Accra has fined an unemployed 21-year-old Felix Kwame Akakpo GH₵1,800 for spending GH₵17,812 mistakenly credited to his account.

The convict will serve a default sentence of 20 days in prison.

Akakpo, who was charged with theft, pleaded guilty to the crime and was found guilty on his own plea. He told the court that his family was ready to help him pay the money back to the bank.

He admitted what he had done was wrong, adding that everyone he had helped the money had abandoned him.

In handing down the sentence, the court said it took into account the defendant’s admission of the offence, that he was willing to return the money and that it was a first offence.

The court further asked him to return the money to the plaintiff. The complainant, whose identity is not disclosed, is a banker and works for UBA Bank Ghana Limited in Accra but lives at Spintex in Accra.

The prosecution, led by Police Inspector Clemence Takyi, told the court presided over by Ms. Evelyn Asamoah that on April 26 this year, the plaintiff, while on duty, mistakenly transferred GH₵17,812 to Akakpo’s Fidelity bank account number 2100406642414.

Inspector Takyi said the complainant, after spotting the mistake a few days later, tried to reverse the transfer but was informed that Akakpo had withdrawn the money.

The prosecution said Akakpo was contacted by phone to return the money, but he refused, saying it was a gift from God.

The matter was then reported to the police and he was arrested.

The prosecution said that during investigations, Akakpo admitted to the offence.

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