6 employees granted bail for allegedly stealing GH¢224.518 belonging to CFAO

Six employees of Compagnie Francaise de l’Afrique Occidentale (CFAO), have each been granted GH¢250,000 bail by an Accra circuit court yesterday, for allegedly stealing GH¢224.518.77 belonging to the company.

They are Eugenia Asaa Ofosu, administrator; Monica Kyei, cashier, and Alfred Ankomah, accountant.

The rest are Eugenia Asiamah, credit controller, Godfred Brako-Kusi, accounts officer, Samuel Kweku Brown, driver, and John Mensah, currently at large.

Accused pleaded not guilty to all seven charges of conspiracy to commit falsification of accounts, falsification of account, conspiracy to commit stealing, abetment of stealing, stealing, conspiracy to commit forgery and forgery of other documents.

As part of the bail condition, the court, presided by Mrs. Jane Harriet Naa Akweley Quaye ordered each of the accused to produce three sureties who should earn not less than GH¢1,500.00 a month.

She asked the investigator to take a copy of a photo identification of the sureties and investigate their business addresses.

Mrs. Akweley-Quaye instructed the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Emmanuel Haligah, to furnish defence lawyer, Mr. Seidu Nasigri, with all documents, including the charge sheet and facts as well as all witness statements the prosecution intends to invite.

According to the prosecution in September 2018, employers of accused detected that the expenditure of the company for that month “was extremely high”.

Chief Insp. Haligah told the court that accounts and other documents of the company were immediately analysed to ascertain the cause of high expenditure.

The court heard that investigations revealed invoices, signatures, and stamps were falsified.

It also came to light, the prosecutor noted that the local purchase order booklets of the company was forged, while names and phone numbers of non-existent employees who received various sums of money from the company were entered in the cashier’s  documents.

Chief Insp. Haligah said the action of accused resulted in the company losing GH¢224.518.77.

He stated that the complainant reported the case to the police and Asiamah and Brako-Kusi, first and second accused were arrested.

The prosecutor said the two admitted the offence and mentioned other accused as their accomplices.

He said that the four other accused, who were subsequently arrested by the police, also admitted the offence in separate caution statements.

Counsel for defence, Mr. Nasigri, urged the court to admit his client to bail adding that the court was vested with authority to do so.

BY MALIK SULLEMANA

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