Businessman In Court For Stealing

A businessman and driver have been arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly stealing.

They allegedly posed as staff of GRIDCo and wrote a letter requesting for a proforma receipt and samples relating to procurement contract for the supply of tiles and sanitary ware from Westafco Ghana valued at GH¢30,600.

The accused persons, Desmond Appiah, a businessman and Francis Tetteh, were put before an Accra Circuit Court presided over by M.E. Essandoh.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges of stealing, conspiracy and forgery.

They have each been granted bail in the sum of GH¢30,000 with three sureties while the case has been adjourned to November 25 2015.

The prosecutor Francis Tassan stated that the complainant is the sales manager of Westafco Company Ghana which deals in assorted tiles and sanitary ware and Appiah is a businessman while Tetteh is a driver.

According to him, on November 19, 2013, the accused and a driver presented a request letter purporting to come from GRIDCO for a proforma and samples in relation to a procurement contract.

Furthermore, Westafco asked them to make payment before the items would be delivered to them.

The next day the accused presented a Unibank cheque, which belonged to A1′s Enerprise with a face value of GH¢30,600 and when the complainant went to the bank it was dishonored.

He said a complaint was lodged with the police and investigations conducted at GRIDCO revealed that there was no such procurement contract with the company and that the accused persons, who had gone into hiding, were not staff of GRIDCO.

In addition, he said investigations also revealed that the accused persons were both friends who stay in the same area at Afienya.

The police officer stated that the businessman was arrested on September 5 2014 and he admitted ownership of the said cheque issued to Westafco but denied any wrongdoing.

He said that the driver was also arrested on January 24 2015.

The prosecutor said they were arraigned before court after police investigations.

BY Fidelia Achama


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