A bench warrant has been issued by the Circuit Court in Accra for the arrest of a senior officer of the SIC Life Company Limited, who allegedly, willfully caused GH¢334,114 loss to the State.
Hillary KwasiSenanu, 47, who was in-charge of Institutional Payment at the company, was absent from court.
However, his accomplices, Martha Siaw, 36, a nurse, Priscilla TelleyAnnang, 26, event planner, and Clifford Emmanuel Kukubor, 44, Ghana Ports and Habour Authority staff were arraigned on Monday, August 1, 2022.
Senanu is charged for allegedly conspiring with Martha to steal GH¢260,732.74 belonging to the company.
Additionally, Senanu is accused of falsifying the accounts of Kukubor, Martha, Priscilla Annang, Priscilla OdofoleyNortey, Agnes DarbeaAmakye, Angela AgyeiwaaGyan, Lily AtsweiAblorh and David Mensah, to enable him steal GH¢98,313.96.
Martha and Priscilla TelleyAnnang were both granted a GH¢30,000 bail with two sureties, each, who should be public servants, but Kukubor was remanded into prison custody.
They will make their next appearance on August 15, 2022. Meanwhile, David Mensah, a trader, Agnes AmakyeDarbea and Priscilla OdofoleyNartey, his accomplices, are on the run.
Mensah contributed to the offence by dishonestly receiving GH¢62,201; Agnes, trader, received GH¢7,100 whilst Priscilla OdofoleyNartey stole GH¢40,610.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Maxwell Oppong told the court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh that Jacob AikinsTandoh, complainant, is the Head of Audit at SIC Life Company Limited in Accra whilst Senanu was the Senior Officer in charge of Institutional Payments and one of the premium Officers of SIC Life Insurance Limited.
The court heard that Siaw, Annang, Kukubor, Mensah, Darbea and Nartey were all clients of the company.
ASP Oppong said in June,last year, the Head of Premium Department of the company detected financial malpractices relating the accounts of some clients account and informed the complainant.
ASP Oppong said the case was reportedto the police for investigation,which revealed that Senanu had credited the premium account of his accomplices: Siaw, Annang, Kukubor, Mensah, Darbea, Nartey as well as two other clients, who were witnesses in this case with premiums and repaid policy loans, to suggest that they were genuine but could not account for it.
Prosecution said during interrogation, Annang admitted receiving GH¢10,040 in three installments and on each occasion, Senanu asked her to take GH¢1,000.00 and send the remaining amount to him via mobile money which she did.
ASP Opong said those monies were not accounted for by Senanu and so applied to Siaw.
The court heard that in all, a total of GH¢260,732.74 was detected by the company to have been embezzled by Senanu.
ASP Oppong said Siaw made a refund of GH¢1,500.00 out of the amount she received, to the company during investigation.
Prosecution said further investigation revealed that accused caused GH¢332,114.00 loss by fraudulently allocating loans to customers and benefiting from it. -GNA