An Accra Circuit Court has fined five former Staff of the Multimedia Group Limited for stealing and forgery.
The Convicts are Solomon Nii Lartey, Desdy Yaw Owusu, Ernest Kwakye Asare, Fiifi Aggrey and Samuel Boamah.
In their preliminary statements, they pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them by the Prosecution when they made their first appearance in court, but the Judge, Yaw Atta Sampong deferred the sentence.
Solomon was charged with three counts of forgery of document and abetment of crime.
Desdy was charged with the offence of stealing 25,498 Ghana Cedis from the bank account of the Multimedia Group Limited while Ernest also stole 65,294 Ghana Cedis.
Charged with stealing, Fiifi and Samuel were alleged to have stolen 1,355 Ghana Cedis and 2,766 Ghana Cedis, respectively, from the account of the said company.
The first convict, Solomon Nii Lartey was fined 960 Ghana Cedis (80 penalty units). In default of the fine, he will be jailed three years.
The rest of the convicted persons were slapped with a fine of 1,200 Ghana Cedis each (100 penalty units). They will be sentenced to two years each in prison if they are unable to pay the fine. The convicts have since paid the said fines.
The Convicts are expected to refund the over 94,000 Ghana Cedis they were found to have stolen.
Charged with defrauding by false pretences, Jacklord Laryea (A6) and Albert Tetteh Botchway (A7), who are security officers were said to have obtained the consent of the five convicts and allegedly parted with cash in the sum of 25,000 Ghana Cedis. The 6th and 7th Accused persons who pretended that they were the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) officers and stated that if the said amount of money was given to them by the five Convicts, they could help close an account at Ecobank Ghana Limited and upon such false representation, they succeeded in obtaining the said amount from the Convicts.
The 6th Accused who pleaded not guilty to the charge leveled against him when he made his first appearance in court is on bail and will reappear in court on Wednesday, the 9th of November, 2016.
The 7th Accused whose plea wasn’t taken because he wasn’t in court when the case was initially called, failed to show up in court, hence a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. He will also reappear in court on the same date.
Background to the Case
Presenting the brief facts of the case, the Prosecutor, Inspector Christine Bansah informed the Court that the Complainant is the chief finance officer at the Multimedia Group Limited while the Accused persons, Solomon Nii Lartey (A1), Fiifi Aggrey (A2), Samuel Boamah (A3), Ernest Kwakye Asare (A4) and Desdy Yaw Owusu (A5) were sales executives at the company.
She added that the rest of the Accused persons, Jacklord Laryea (6) and Albert Tetteh Botchway (A7) are private security officers at the Corporate Protection Security at Abeka, a suburb of Accra.
The Police Officer also said that in August 2016, the Complainant noticed during his routine checks on their accounts with Ecobank Ghana Limited, Abeka branch that one of their clients had made some payment to Multimedia Group Limited through a Cal bank Ghana Limited account.
Inspector Bansah added that this aroused the suspicion of the company and when the Complainant made further enquiries, it came to light that another Multimedia Group Limited account had been opened and operated by Solomon Nii Lartey (A1) at Ecobank, Lapaz branch.
She further told the Court that the Complainant made a report to the Police and A1 was arrested, adding that during investigations, A1 stated that he forged the Multimedia Group Limited letterhead but could not lead the Police to arrest the one who aided him.
The Prosecutor also said that A1 informed the Police that he sold the idea about the account to A2, A3, A4 and A5 who also started transacting business through that account with cheques issued in the name of the Multimedia Group Limited by their clients, for which they succeeded in stealing various sums of money from the account.