7 SSNIT workers in court over fake certificates

7 SSNIT workers in court over fake certificates

- EOCO has arraigned 7 fake employees of SSNIT before an Accra Circuit Court

- They have been accused of using fake certificates to secure employment

- They collectively spent a total of GH¢238,888.78. in salaries

Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that seven employees of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) have been hauled before the Accra Circuit Court.

This is as a result of the fact they secured employment with SSNIT with the use of fake certificates. The action was initiated by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO).

Two private businessmen, Richmond Ampah and Prince Yeboah-Kodie, are also before the court for forging certificates for some of the SSNIT employees, as well as forging National Service Certificates.

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Dr. Kwame Addo-Kufuor, Board Chairman, SSNIT Source: Supplied

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The seven persons allegedly secured jobs at SSNIT with the forged documents because of “illegal waivers of the recruitment and appointment procedures by the former Director-General of SSNIT, Ernest Thompson, who is before an Accra High Court, for causing financial loss to the state.”

They have been accused of possessing forged secondary school certificates, Diploma in Business Studies (DBS) certificates, as well as bachelor degrees from the University of Ghana and other private universities.

Sylvia Ama Boh, Brenda Bannerman, Joyce Abena Donkor, Susuana Okine, aka Tetteh Susuana, Eric Dzokoto, Javanael Anthony Asmah and Gbeney Lawrence are alleged to have used the forged certificates to secure jobs at SSNIT between 2013 and 2017.

They have been accused of causing financial loss to the state by receiving unjustified salaries of GH¢238,888.78.

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The accused persons were handed over to EOCO for investigations after SSNIT, acting on information, conducted background checks.

The nine accused persons are facing a total of 28 charges, including possessing forged documents, conspiracy to forge official documents, forgery of documents and money laundering.

All the accused persons, except Joyce Abena Donkor and Javanel Anthony Asmah, were in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Their lawyers prayed the court to grant them bail, saying they would appear before the court at all times.

The court, presided over by a relieving judge, Her Honour Afi Agbanu Kudormor, admitted them to bail in the sum of GH¢80,000.00 each, with two sureties.

The court also issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Joyce Abena Donkor and Javanael Anthony Asmah, who failed to show up in court.

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