…for stealing Ministry’s money
By: Helena Selby
A Real Estate Agent and three others, who are alleged to have stolen an amount of GH¢68,200 belonging to the Ministry of Environment Science and Technology have been arraigned before an Accra circuit court.
According to the Prosecutor, ASP A.A. Annor, intelligence gathered by the Bureau Of National Investigation and The Bank Of Ghana revealed that some group of persons, including the four accused persons, have been presenting fake Government of Ghana cheques through the clearing system. The Bank of Ghana became alarmed and initiated monitoring system and all banks alerted accordingly.
The accused persons include Jerry Charles Kpeli, Real Estates Agent, Joseph Nana Adomako Yeboah Businessman, Ezekial, alias Zack and one Sly who are both at large. All accused persons are facing three counts of conspiracy of stealing and forgery. Kpeli pleaded not guilty on all counts, whiles Adomako denied the conspiracy and forgery charges, but pleaded guilt on the charge of stealing.
The court, presided over by Mr. Eric Kyei Baffour convicted Adomako on his own plea for stealing and sentence was deferred, as he is on remand. According to the court, its decision for not sentencing Adomako was to see how co-operative he will be during the trial.
Kpeli was remanded as well, and both suspects are expected to re-appear before the court on December 17, 2010.
Narrating the facts of the case to the court, the prosecutor told the court that on November 18, 2010, first and second accused person and the two others, presented a forged cheque number 101843152503-01-20-53-000435, purported to have come from Ministry Of Science and Technology.
He said the cheque was in the name of Nadua Motors limited, the accused persons company account with a face value of GH¢68,200 dated November 8, 2010, at the Stanbic Bank, Accra Branch.
According to him, the cheque was processed by the bank and it was later withdrawn by Adomako, who is the only signatory to the account of Nadua Motors Limited.
The prosecutor mentioned that on November 19, 2010, Adomako again presented a cheque, purported to be Bank of Ghana treasury cheque number 1018431525038-01-20-53-000434, from the Ministry Of Environment Science and Technology, with a face value of GH¢87,200 into K.A ROSMA Enterprise, which was immediately detected and blocked.
“A report was made to the airport police, and on November 29, 2010, the two accused persons were later arrested whilst the other two, Ezekial, alias Zack and Sly bolted”, t he prosecution told the court.
ASP Annor indicated that during investigation, Kpeli and Adomako admitted to the offence and stated that they do not know the person who lodged the cheque into their account, but when the amount of GH¢68,200 was withdraw in three installments on GH¢30,000 and GH¢13,600 on the same day, and GH¢22,000 on November 19, 2010, they benefitted GH¢200.00 each.
ASP Annor, therefore, told the court that efforts are made to trace and arrest the two others, who are on the run.