Lotto agent before court for GH¢143,154 theft

Samuel Asante Arthur, a lotto agent accused of falsifying accounts to allegedly siphon GH¢143,154 belonging to Alpha Lotto Company has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.

Also in the dock was Abigail Serwa Appiah, a lotto writer.

Arthur, 51, and Abigail, 32, have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and falsification of account.

The court presided over by Mrs Susana Eduful did not take their pleas and admitted them to bail.

Arthur was admitted to bail in the sum of GHGH¢143,154 120,000 with four sureties, who are to be family members.

 Abigail was admitted to bail in the sum of GHGH¢143,154 80,000 with three sureties, who are to be family members.

The matter has been adjourned to December 22.

The prosecution, led by Chief Inspector Samuel Ahiabor, said the complainant Joseph Gyapong was a lotto agent of Alpha Lotto Company Limited.

 The prosecution said Arthur was a lotto agent of the Company and responsible for receiving lotto booklet/ tickets from other writers before winning numbers were announced.

It said Abigail resided at La and was employed by Arthur for the same company without the knowledge of the complainant.

The prosecution said in April 2022, Arthur allegedly hatched a plan with Abigail to write a fraudulent winning ticket for him anytime winning numbers were announced after close of lotto business so he could present to the complainant as winning numbers.

On April 20 this year, Abigail allegedly wrote a winning ticket of GHGH¢143,154 2.50 which amounted to winning GHGH¢143,154 600.00 and Arthur presented the same to the complainant for payment.

The prosecution said the two accused persons on several occasions prepared and submitted a fraudulent winning ticket to the tune of GHGH¢143,154 20,000 and the same was paid to Arthur and he shared the booty with Abigail.

It said between the month of April 2021 to March 2022, Arthur took advantage of his office and falsified the pay list (weekly statement form) of credible winners of Alpha Lotto and succeeded in paying himself an amount of GHGH¢143,154 143,154.00.

The prosecution said during the annual accounting financial period, the company detected a theft of GHGH¢143,154  143,154.00 and when Arthur was interrogated, he admitted siphoning the amount by falsifying the account of the company and refunded GHGH¢143,154 15,000 to the complainant.

Arthur pleaded to be given time to pay the rest of the money. The prosecution said Arthur went into hiding and the complainant reported the matter to the Police and the two accused persons were arrested at La. -GNA

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