Businessman obtains contract with fake SSNIT document

Businessman, Seidu Mumuni, allegedly used fake Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) clearance certificate to obtain a contract an official of the Trust has revealed.

Mr. Samuel Ameh-Tettey, Manager, Operations and Monitoring at SSNIT, in Accra, said this when he testified as the second prosecution witness in the case at the Accra Financial and Economic High Court.

Mumuni who was granted GH¢300,000 bail on March 6, for allegedly forging documents of state institutions, has pleaded not guilty to 15 counts of forgery of official documents, possession of fake documents, defrauding by false pretences and money laundering.

Led in evidence by Mr. Charles Ofori, a prosecutor of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), the witness told the court presided by Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa that the clearance certificate dated March 25, 2014, had the signature of Fred Bukari, SSNIT Somanya Branch Manager, who retired on December 12, 2008.

He said the clearance certificate, tendered in evidence was among seven documents referred to SSNIT by EOCO to determine its authenticity.

Counsel for accused, Anthony Lartey, however, objected to the tendering of the letter which EOCO asked SSNIT to conduct investigations, the response from SSNIT and the clearance certificate, arguing that the witness could not speak to the document because he is not the author.

The prosecutor stated the fact that the witness was not the author of the document does not make the document inadmissible.

The court heard that Mumuni, a representative of MUUS International SDN BHD Limited also forged Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) clearance certificates and Ministry of Works and Housing classification documents.

The prosecutor said Mumuni 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 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.

The first prosecution witness, Frank Marshall Conwell, Assistant Officer at EOCO, said investigations indicated 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.ct business.

By Malik Sullemana      

 

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