Businessman charged with forgery granted GH¢300,000 bail

Seidu Mumuni, a businessman has been granted GH¢300,000 bail with two sureties by an Accra High Court for allegedly forging documents of state institutions to secure contract from Ada East District Assembly.

The accused who forged Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) clearance certificates and Ministry of Works and Housing classification documents has pleaded not guilty to all charges leveled against him.

Mumuni is facing 15 counts of forgery of official documents, possession of fake documents, defrauding by false pretences and money laundering.

Prosecuting, Charles Ofori of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) told the court presided by Justice Georgina-Mensah Datsa that the accused, a representative of MUUS International, procured a contract with the Ada District Assembly to construct a slaughter house.

He said five members of the Assembly later referred the alleged forged documents used by the accused to procure the contract to EOCO whose investigations revealed that all the documents were forged.

Mr. Ofori told the court the businessman defrauded Mrs. Wendy Asante of GH¢228,400 under the pretext of subcontracting a project for the redevelopment of Saltpond Pictorial Park.

He said the accused received GH¢272,500 through his fraudulent activities.

Led in evidence by the prosecutor, the first prosecution witness, Frank Marshall Conwell, Assistant Officer at EOCO said investigations further indicated the accused used the purported certificate of classification from the Ministry of Works and Housing to secure a contract through Central Regional Development Commission (CEDECOM).

He said EOCO also found out that the accused upon fraudulently securing the contract with CEDECOM sub-contracted it to Mrs.Asante and one Festus Anane.

The prosecution tendered in evidence a contract document containing all the alleged faked documents used by the accused to secure the contract with the Assembly.

Counsel for the accused, Anthony Lartey objected to the tendering of the contract document but the court overruled the objection.

By Malik Sullemana    


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