Pastor, others convicted for selling fake energy saving cards

JOHN  KUDALOR,   IGPA pastor and two electricians have been sentenced to six months imprisonment each, by an Accra circuit court, for illegally selling fake energy saving cards.

The cards, temporary reduce consumption of energy, however, when the cards expire, the meter begins to run faster than usual.

The convicts, Jude Bentum, a pastor, Kofi Aboagye Tubuah and Richard Asusey , electricians were charged with conspiracy to commit crime, illegal connection, attempting to defraud by false pretence, causing unlawful damage and stealing .

However, the fourth person, Ama Konadu, who pleaded not guilty, was granted bail in the sum of GHȼ10, O00 with one surety who should be gainfully employed.

The court, presided by Mrs. Afi Agbanu-Kudomor, said the sentencing
would serve as a deterrent to others engaged in such illegal acts.

The manager in-charge of prosecution at the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Mr.Paul Abariga, told the court that the complainant in the case, Alex Agyeman-Duah, is an accountant, and resident of Sowutuom, Accra.

Mr. Abariga said that on October 31, Bentum and Aboagye went to the complainant’s workplace and told him that they had energy saving cards approved by the Ghana Standards Authority to be fixed on the main switch, to help individuals and companies save energy.

Mr. Abariga said that Bentum told the complainant that each card cost GHȼ500.00 and payment would be made after three days of demonstration.

The prosecutor said the complainant became interested and on November 1, Bentum, Aboagye and Asusey went to the complainant’s restaurant at Sowutuoum to carry out the demonstration.

Mr. Abariga said the complainant saw Aboagye opening the meter, making Mr. Agyeman-Duah (complainant) suspicious, and cautioned them that they are not permitted to tamper with the meter, , but Aboagye informed him that Asusey was a staff of ECG.

Mr. Abariga said the complainant demanded Asusey’s identity card, and he returned to his office and on his return to check on the other meters, it was revealed that the convicts had tampered with all three meters and had left.

The prosecutor said that the complainant convinced Bentum to return, and also called ECG staff from the Achimota District, who came to hide in the complainant’s restaurant waiting for Bentum.

Mr. Abariga said Asusey, rather sent someone with the ECG master card to operate the three meters for the complainant, but it was unsuccessful.

The prosecutor said the convicts showed up and upon seeing the unfamiliar faces, they took to their heels, but some neighbours chased and arrested them and handed them over to the investigation unit of ECG.

In their caution statement, the convicts admitted the offence, and Bentum mentioned Ama Konadu as the one who sold the energy saving cards to him at GHȼ500.00 per card, and led the police to arrest her.

The prosecutor said Konadu admitted the offence in her caution statement, and said she bought the ECG master card from a Nigerian, but she could not lead the police for his arrest.

Asusey stated that he bought the card from one Ike at Lumnava, in Sowutuom, but claimed he did not know his whereabout.

 

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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