An Accra Circuit Court at the weekend convicted four electricians to a total fine of GH¢10,800 for stealing meters and master cards belonging to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
Out of the amount, GH¢6,000 will be given as compensation to ECG, and GH¢1,200 fine each. In default, they would each serve a year imprisonment.
The four convicts are, Isaac Boamah, Wisdom Agblorometsi, Osei Kwame Oppong and Amidu Abdulai.
The judge, Afiagbanu-Kumador convicted them, after they changed their earlier plea of not guilty to guilty.
The four were charged with conspiracy to commit crime, illegal connection, causing unlawful damage and stealing.
Addressing the court, the manager in charge of prosecution at ECG, Paul Abariga said the convicts were electricians.
He told the court that the ECG investigations unit detected that a meter of customers who lived at Alhaji, a suburb of Accra, had illegally been loaded with credit from an ECG master card, and when questioned, she mentioned Wisdom Ablormetsi, as the one who loaded the credit and added that Ablormetsi damaged the meter while loading it.
He said that was used as a bait to invite Agblormetsi to restore the fault for the customer and he was arrested on his arrival.
Following investigations, it was detected that Isaac Boamah in the course of his work, befriended the electrician and supplied him with meters any time he was in need of it.
The prosecutor said, Boamah offered Agblormetsi three ECG meters to supply to those who needed them for a fee.
Upon his arrest Agblormetsi, then led the police to arrest Boamah and in his cautioned statement, mentioned Osei Kwame Oppong, as the one who gave him the meter.
Oppong was apprehended and a search in his room at Mataheko in Accra revealed 12 new prepaid meters.
The prosecutor submitted that it was also revealed that one Hamidu Abdulai had been installing the meters on behalf of Isaac Boamah, and was also arrested.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme