A former Sales Executive of East Cantonment Pharmacy, accused of stealing pharmaceutical drugs worth GH¢3,760,162, has appeared before the Accra Circuit Court.
Edward Danso Wiafe, who has been charged with eight counts of stealing and money laundering, pleaded not guilty.
Emmanuel Kofi Kyei, who is also being held for allegedly dishonestly receiving drugs worth GH¢15,000, denied the charge.
The court presided over by MrJojoAmoah Hagan granted WiafeGH¢2 million bail with two sureties, one to be justified with landed properties valued of which must not be less than the bail sum.
Additionally, the court said the landed properties should be duly registered and be within the jurisdiction of the court.
Kyei was also granted GH¢15,000 with two sureties.
Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Emmanuel Haligah, said the complainant, Bediako Amoafo-hene, was the Chief Executive Officer of East Cantonment Pharmacy.
ASP Haligah said Wiafe was a former Sales Executive Officer of East Cantonments Pharmacy and resided at Tantra Hill, Accra.
Kyei was a businessman residing at McCarthy Hill, Accra, and a dealer in pharmaceutical products at Okaishie drug lane in Accra.
According to ASP Haligah, Wiafe had been a Sales Executive Officer for East Cantonment Pharmacy since 2009.
The court heard that Wiafe received purchase orders for the supply of drugs by East Cantonments Pharmacy from customers.
ASP Haligah mentioned Korle Bu Medical Stores, Korle Bu 24-hour Pharmacy, University of Ghana Medical Centre, 37 Military Hospital Chemist, Finney Hospital, Ga-East Municipal Hospital, St John’s Hospital and Aneja Hospital as the customers.
The prosecution said in 2022, the complainant detected that the customers were indebted to the company.
ASP Haligah said the customers, however,told the complainant they never received drugs as claimed by Wiafe.
The prosecution said the complainant detected that between the year 2021 and 2022 when Wiafe took delivery of drugs worth GH¢3,760,167.38 for distribution to those customers.
ASP Haligah said when the complainant and the account manager questioned Wiafe about the matter, he (Wiafe) confessed that he diverted some of the drugs meant for specific customers to others, who were unknown to the East Cantonment Pharmacy.
The court heard that when Wiafe was arrested, he admitted the offence in his investigation caution statement, claiming Kyei was one of the persons who bought the diverted drugs worth GH¢270,000.00.
ASP Haligahsaid when Kyei was arrested, he denied buying the amount of drugs stated by Wiafe and that he only bought drugs worth GH¢15,000.00 from Wiafe.
The prosecution said a search conducted by the police in Wiafe’s
house led to the discovery of a wire mesh production machine.
The prosecutor said Wiafe admitted that he used part of the proceeds from the sale of the dishonestly appropriated drugs to acquire the machine at a price of $68,000.
Wiafe, in his investigation caution statement, also stated that he used GH¢50,000 from the proceeds of the crime to buy a land located at Berekuso in the Eastern Region, and invested GH¢l,500,000 in road construction works and toilet project.