Aggudey Supports Payments To SSNIT With Receipts, Documents

MR. AGUDE Mr. George Aggudey, Chief Executive of Gocrest Security Company, on Saturday, produced before an Accra District Court payment receipts to support his claim that he never owed the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) in respect of his employees Social Security contribution.

He also tendered in a CD rom and contribution documents covering the period in contention, (January 2010 to April 2012). However, some of the reports did not bear the SSNIT stamp as required.

This, compelled the lead counsel for SSNIT, Emmanuel Baddoo, to contest the authenticity of the receipts and documents.
Mr. Aggudey was sued in February, this year by SSNIT, for non-payment of GH¢2,635,161.90 being his workers’ social security contributions.

He pleaded not guilty to the offence and disputed the amount since the hearing began in February.
He had since remained silent until a fortnight ago when he came out to say he never owed the Trust a pesewa.
Mr. Aggudey’s lead counsel Kwamena Baiden, told the court, presided over by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh that the receipts and documents were to indicate that his client did not owe SSNIT.

He said his client had made every payment required of him which was all proven in the evidence submitted to the court.
But Mr. Baddoo, in challenging the authenticity of the evidence, argued that SSNIT always stamped contribution reports before giving them out to their respective owners and pointed out that some of the documents being shown the court did not bear the Trust’s stamps.
He further argued that the receipts did not cover all the months being contested and that most of them were back dated which for him, was quite intriguing.

At this point, the Presiding Judge advised him (Mr. Baddoo) to reserve his comments for cross-examination at which time he would be given the chance to challenge the evidence tendered in. The Presiding Judge then adjourned hearing to Saturday, when Mr. Baiden will be expected to finish his examination-in-chief for Mr. Baddoo to begin his cross examination.

Mr. Aggudey, the 2004 presidential candidate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), was arraigned before the court in February for non-payment of a total of GH¢2,653,161.90 SSNIT contributions of his workers.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of GH¢ 100,000 with a cash surety of GH¢ 50,000 to be justified last March.

According to Ms. Freda Naa Adjeley Konney, the prosecutor for SSNIT, Mr. Aggudey had failed to pay GH¢1,036,986.77, being his employees SSNIT contributions as at December 2012 and that accrued an interest of GH¢1,616,172.13.  - Charles Amankwa          

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