Court Fines Trainee Nurse For Fraud

A Salaga District Magistrate Court in the East Gonja District of the Northern Region presided over by David Sebeyem has fined second year Health Assistant Clinical (HAC) student of the Kpembi Nurses and Midwifery School , Latifa Saani GH¢1,500.00 for defrauding her colleagues.

Additionally, she has been bonded to be of good of good behaviour for a period of two years.

Hajia Shirley Issah Principal of the school disclosed that management will also meet to determine her fate considering the severity of the crime she committed.

Latifa Saani was arrested by the Salaga police for allegedly defrauding about 40 of her colleague students to the tune of GH ¢82,347.

According to some of the victims who spoke to, last Semester they were required to pay an amount GH¢ 1,675 each.

A breakdown of the amount revealed that GH¢1,600 was for school fees, GH¢ 30 as SRC dues and GH ¢45 for the generation of their index numbers making up the stated amount.

The suspect offered to help pay their fees into the schools account at Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) Salaga Branch after which pay-in counterfoils were supposed to be submitted to the school’s account department for certification.

Police disclosed to, that Latifa Saani has a motorbike and claims she could facilitate the fast payment of fees at the bank for students at no fee resulting in several students using her as a channel of paying their fees since it was quite easier.

She was however unmasked when the school authorities asked students to submit their receipts of payment at the bank before they could be allowed into the examination hall last Friday to write their last paper.

When most of them brought their pay in slips to justify they did not owe, the school authorities realized the receipts presented were more than the amount paid to the bank and had to immediately contact the bank.

After thorough scrutiny, it was established that about 40 of the bank’s students deposit counterfoils were fake and the owners demanded to explain how they came by them.

All indicated that they made payments through the suspect but when summoned she admitted squandering monies and issuing fake pay in slips to make up for the amount she was given by the victims as though it had been validated at the bank.

A search in her belongings revealed a commercial bank stamp pad, deposit forms and inkpad.
She has since been granted bail pending further investigation.