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12.11.2007 Crime & Punishment

Accountant Steals Teacher’s Pay Slip

An Accountant of the Agona District Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has appeared before the Swedru Circuit Court for allegedly stealing a teacher's pay slip.

Ebenezer Acquah Mills reportedly stole the pay slip of one Samuel Acquah, now a student of the University of Education Winneba (UEW), with which he credited various items from three companies in Accra, thereby causing huge deductions from Acquah's salary each month.

Acquah-Mills plea was not taken and the trial judge, Mr Charles Adjei Wilson, remanded him in prison custody for a week for the police to complete their investigations.

The prosecution informed the court that while Acquah-Mills was an accountant at the Agona District Directorate of the GES, the complainant, Samuel Acquah, was a former teacher at the Agona Nsaba Presby Primary School and now a student of UEW, Winneba.

In June 2006, Acquah-Mills, together with other officials from the Swedru GES office, went to Acquah's school at Nsaba to do a head-count during which the former stole the latter's pay slip.

DSP R. A. Martey said Acquah-Mills thereafter went to Accra and credited various items worth millions of cedis from three hire purchase concerns with Acquah's pay slip.

The companies began deducting the payments for the credited goods from Acquah's salary each month.

He said when Acquah detected the deductions from his salary, he went to Accra to confront the hire purchase companies, only to learn that Acquah-Mills was the one using his pay slip to purchase goods on credit.

He, therefore, lodged a complaint with the police who arrested Acquah-Mills for prosecution.

“Police investigations are still ongoing,” said DSP Martey.

Story by Ekow Yamoah

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