Former public officials charged with stealing and causing financial loss to Ghana

Former public officials charged with stealing and causing financial loss to Ghana

- Six public officials are to be arraigned before a court for causing financial loss to the state

- Four of them are former employers of the Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF)

- The fifth is a former MP and the last is the husband to one of the former employees of the VCTF

A former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF), Daniel Duku, a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Keta and former member of the board of trustees of the VCTF, Richard Lassey Agbenyefia, and four others have been charged with causing financial loss to the state.

The others were Irene Anti-Mensah, who was Duku’s executive assistant, Kofi Sarpong, who was an investment officer of VCTF, Frank Aboagye Mensah, a businessman and Anti-Mensah’s husband and Charity Opoku, also known as Charity Ameyaw, a former accountant at VCTF.

The suspects were charged with eighty-six counts of stealing and causing financial loss to the state of up to about GHc 42,000,000.

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Starrfm.com.gh reports that eighty-six charges were preferred against the six accused persons, who were in breach of eight different sections of the law.

The charges are abetment of crime, wilfully causing financial loss to the state, contrary to sections 20(1) and 179A(3)(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), stealing, contrary to section 124(1) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), Issuing of false cheque contrary to section 313A(1) (b) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), abetment of crime namely, defrauding by false pretence, contrary to sections 20(1) and 131(1) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).

They were also charged with defrauding by false pretence, contrary to section 131 (1) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), conspiracy to commit an offence, namely, stealing, contrary to sections 23(1) and 124(1) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960, (Act 29); Public Property contrary to section 2(1) of the Public Property Protection Act, 1977 (SMCD) 140, and money laundering, contrary to section 1(1) (c) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2008 (749).

The accused persons are to be arraigned on Friday, May 3, 2019, where their charges would be read to them and their pleas taken.

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