Cephas Agbodo, 32, hacked into the system of his former employer, the Buuwulonso One Stop Rural Bank at Damongo in the Savannah Region. He transferred GH¢159,300 into two separate accounts at the bank.
The court ordered that GH¢30,818 found in a safe during a search in his room by the police should be returned to the former employer. He was acquitted and discharged on counts two to 12 by the court, presided over by Mr Justice Richard Kogyapwah, who is also the Supervising High Court Judge for the Northern Region.
The judge said the court imposed an exemplary custodial sentence on Mr Agbodo to serve as a deterrent to other young men who might want to use that path to enrich themselves. The court also took judicial notice of the upsurge of cyber crimes to pass the judgment, adding that the convict had acquired a skill but decided to use it for the good of the society and for his benefit, he said.
The items of sand, Samsung and Apple mobile phones, microwave, and a sound system confiscated during his arrest should be given back to him because the prosecution could not prove that he bought those items with the money he stole.
Mr Agbodo got appointment as a system administrator at Borimanga Rural Bank at Savelugu. Upon assuming duty, however, he hacked into the accounts of his former employer. He managed to transfer GH¢2,000 and GH¢600 respectively into his accounts.
He then asked his younger brother to open an account at the Bonzali Rural Bank agency at Lamashegu in Tamale for the purpose of receiving money transfer from a friend to undertake a project. He was arrested by the police when he went to the bank to withdraw the money.
He also admitted to moulding 2,106 pieces of cement blocks on a piece of land at Mile 5 with part of the money he dishonestly appropriated from Buuwulonso One Stop Rural Bank. The convict was arrested and a search conducted in the room of the convict yielded an amount of GH¢30,818 and same was retained as exhibit. The prosecution said they were taken to the police station and during investigations into the matter he was arrested.