After unending complaints from various Stanbic Bank Ghana customers, the bank on 30th December 2016 Stanbic Bank posted a flyer on its Facebook page, bearing a photo of Miss Martha Amakye, indicating that she was wanted by the police.
The bank stated that Miss Martha Amakye, a Personal Solutions Consultant had been running a fraudulent operation from their own premises, Tema Community 1 Branch.
And in a typical employer ‘runway’ from liability manner, Stanbic added that Martha Amakye is an outsourced staff—meaning, she was an agency staff and not a direct employee of the bank.
I have called the above move by the bank’s “pretty stupid and unnecessary”—“as if [stating that Martha Amakye was an outsourced staff] makes what she did right or will in any way mitigate the gargantuan loss suffered by the many who trusted the bank to effectively check the activities of its employees, especially when being run smoothly from their own premises.”
Though the bank claims it did not have any idea that Miss Martha Amakye who was recently awarded as Stanbic Bank’s star banker/employee of the month and with her photo gigantically plastered at their Tema Community 1 has for many months been running a sort of Ponzi-scheme from the comfort of the bank—a victim who has lost 10,000 GHS (100 million old cedis) to this investment scam thinks the manager of the branch was in on this.
Per what the victim says, the scheme had been running for over 2 years–and reasonably, no single person can confidently do this from a bank without others being in on it.
Miss Martha Amakye is said to have successfully signed up several customers to some sort of high-interest investment package—where she promised them that the low-key investment package being run by Stanic rewards customers with as much as over 14 percent monthly interest on their deposits.
From a conversation with one of the victims, it becomes obvious Martha couldn’t pull it all by herself—considering the fact that Stanbic Bank SMS alerts were regularly sent out to those who signed up and she comfortably conducted this operation from a branch, in the open and sometimes with colleagues around.
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