Two people who allegedly stole an Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Master Card to illegally sell credit to customers, have been fined a total of GH¢6,400 by a Magistrate Court in Accra.
Each is to pay GH¢3,200 and additional GH¢2,000 to ECG as compensation. In default, they would serve a year imprisonment each.
The two, Hayford Mortey, an I.T Officer and Godknows Hiatepe, an aluminum fabricator, pleaded guilty to the charges of engaging in illegal connection, causing unlawful damage, conspiracy and stealing.
Two others, Angel Gabriel Quarshie, a cultural drummer and Mumuni Isaaka, a tailor, who pleaded not guilty, were granted GH¢10,000 bail each with one surety.
Consequently, the court, presided over by Mrs. Afi Agbanu Kudomor, adjourned the case to August 27.
Prosecuting, the Manager in-charge of prosecution at ECG, Paul Abariga said the task force of ECG, were on their usual field investigations and went to a customer’s house at Chantan, a suburb of Accra and upon inspection, they discovered that two customers had their meters loaded with ECG smart master card without authorisation.
Consequently, they were disconnected and were summoned to report at the ECG Office at Avenor in Accra.
The customers, upon interrogation mentioned, Mortey, Hiatepe and Quarshie, as the people who loaded their meters with credit and collected GH¢20.
They (Customers) later led the police to arrest them. They then mentioned Mumuni as the one who gave them the master card.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme