A retired Senior Accountant at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr. Edmund Agbotah, has been remanded into police custody by the Accra Circuit Court “One” for allegedly stealing GH¢202,000.00 belonging to the ministry.
He pleaded not guilty to a charge of stealing preferred against him by the police.
The accused is purported to have committed the offence between January and December, 2015, when he was in active service.
According to the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu, the former Senior Accountant, could not account for money he claimed to have paid to third parties for services rendered, allowances and honoraria as well as taxes to be paid to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Prosecution said that the Chief Accountant at the Ministry, Mr. Edward Tetteh reported to the police that the account’s of the accused were audited by the internal auditor from January to December last year, and it was detected that unsighted payment voucher of GH¢98,858.21 number 17 could not be traced in the voucher files.
Chief Inspector Adu said that the allowances, honoraria and other payments Mr. Agbotah claimed to have paid to some people later turned out to be untrue.
The prosecutor said that taxes which should have also been paid to the GRA by the Ministry by the accused for no apparent reason but he went ahead, wrote some cheques totalling GH¢120,299.40 in the name of the Authority, but no amount was paid into its (GRA’s) Bank Account.
On April 28, this year, the Ministry again detected that the accused had allegedly stolen an amount of GH¢202,000.00 and when he was arrested on May 5, this year, the prosecutor said, Mr. Agbotah admitted committing the offence.
Chief Insp.t Adu said the accused told the police that he had given GH¢90,000.00 being part of the stolen money to his friend by name Sampson, who lived at Spintex in Accra, but never led the police to the place to effect his arrest.
The case has been adjourned to May 24 by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh for continuation.
By Castro Zangina-Tong