Two individuals who stole a master card of the Electricity Company of Ghana and illegally sold credit to customers, have been convicted by an Accra Circuit Court.
Mumuni Issaka, a tailor, and Hayford Bortey, an IT officer, who earlier pleaded not guilty, later changed their plea to guilty.
Consequently, the court, presided by Mrs. Afi Agbanu-Kudomor, convicted them on their own plea.
She sentenced them to a fine of GH¢3,600 and a compensation of GH¢4,000 or in default, serve a year’s jail term each.
The convicts were charged with engaging in illegal connection, causing unlawful damage, conspiracy and stealing.
The accused were charged with two others, Godknows Hiatepe, an aluminum fabricator and Angel Gabriel Quarshie, a cultural drummer, who pleaded guilty at the first appearance and were convicted.
Prosecuting, the manager in charge of prosecution at ECG, Paul Abariga, said the company’s task force on the usual field investigations went to a customer’s house at Chantan, a suburb of Accra where upon inspection discovered that two customers had their meters loaded with ECG smart master card without authorisation.
Consequently, they were disconnected and summoned to report at the ECG Office at Avenor, in Accra.
The customers, upon interrogation, mentioned Mortey, Hiatepe and Quarshie as those who loaded their meters with credit and collected GH¢20, and led the police to arrest them.
The three men also mentioned Mumuni as the one who supplied the master card.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme