A maintenance supervisor at Forewin Ghana Limited, and a cashier has been put before the Chief Justice’s Special Court for allegedly stealing power valued at GH¢205,303.35 belonging to the company.
The accused persons, Francis Mensah, who is also the company’s electrician, is said to have bypassed the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) meter on the company premises and stole the power.
He is standing trial with, Akushika Mingle, a cashier at Equity Lynx Vending Station, with whom he allegedly connived and shared the booty.
While Mensah has been charged with two counts of stealing power and interfering with the distribution system of the ECG without authority, Akushika has been charged with abetment of crime.
The Manager in charge of Prosecutions at the ECG, Mr Paul Assibi Abariga, who presented the case at the court, said Francis Mensah, collected GH¢30,000 from his employers every month for the purchase of power for the company’s prepaid meter but instead, bought only GH¢10,000 each month.
According to him, on January 11, 2016, while on a routine check, the ECG task force detected the bypass on a visit to Forewin Ghana.
The case was subsequently reported to the ECG Investigations Unit, who in their investigation, detected that Forewin had been giving GH¢30,000 to Mensah every month to purchase power.
Mensah, who was suspected to have carried out the bypass, was arrested but denied in his caution statement of bypassing the meter but claimed that he was rather not buying the amount of power as expected by the company.
Mr Abariga said ECG investigations revealed that Mensah indeed, did the bypass so that he could steal the money given to him for power.
Mensah, is alleged to have also confessed that he and a former Administrative Manager of Forewin, Abdul Yasmin, who passed away in September 2015, had arranged with Akushika to issue receipts for GH¢30,000 worth of credit but loaded the prepaid meter with only GH¢10,000.
He revealed, that he continued with the deal even after the death of the administrative manager.
It was also learnt that each month Mensah pocketed GH¢16,000, while Akushika received GH¢4,000 out of the GH¢20,000 booty.
Akushika is said to have used the GH¢30,000 cheque issued by Forewin in the name of the ECG to account for her sales.
They both however pleaded not guilty to the charges and the court, presided over by Mr Wolanyo Kotoku, granted the them bail in the sum of GH¢80,000, with three sureties, two of whom must be public servants.