Court fines salesperson GH¢36,000 for stealing

An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a salesperson to a fine of 3,000 penalty units equivalent to GH¢36,000.00 for stealing GH¢60,502.00 from her employer.

Felicia BaidooTei will serve five months in prison in hard labour should she fail to pay the fine.

Tei denied stealing the money, but she was found guilty after trial.

Police Chief Inspector Benson Benneh told the Court presided over by Mrs Evelyn Asamoah that RemiSalifu, the complainant is a manager at Lift Mark Ghana Limited whilst Tei, the convict is a salesperson in the same company.

He said the company which distributes Nestle Ghana Limited products, between December 19, 2019, and February 28, 2020, gave Tei 28 cartons of Maggi Shrimp Tablets, 150 cartons of Maggi Shrimp tablets, four cartons of Maggi Chicken Tablet, 40 cartons of Maggi Shrimp Fort, 30 cartons of Maggi Dedeede tablets, 40 cartons of Ideal Milk totaling GH¢60,502.00 to supply to customers of the company.

The prosecution said Tei sold all the goods but failed to account for the GH¢60,502.00.

On March 26, 2020, a complaint was lodged at the Dansoman Police station.

Chief Inspector Benneh said the Dansoman Police station received information that Tei had been arrested and detained at the Odorkor Police Station.

The Court heard that Tei was re-arrested and handed over to the Dansoman Police Station and she admitted the offence in her investigation cautioned statement in the presence of an independent witness.

Chief Inspector Benneh said she confessed to collecting the products, distributing them, and collecting the money but failed to render an account to the complainant and abandoned her post.

He said Tei also led police to CMB and Agbogbloshie markets, where she supplied the goods but only retrieved GH¢740.00 of the amount from two of the customers.

Most of the customers Tei led the police to indicate that they had paid the accused for the products.

Chief Inspector Benneh said Tei could, however, not tell the police what she had used the money for.

After investigation, she was charged with the offence and put before court. -GNA

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