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18.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Teacher jailed two weeks for forgery of documents

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Mohammed Halidu Ohin, a 37-year- old teacher who forged his name on another man's document in order to pursue a distance learning programme at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) learning centre in Kumasi was on Wednesday sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment by a circuit court in Cape Coast.

Ohin pleaded guilty.
Superintendent of Police Kwadwo Tabi told the court that on March 12, Ohin presented a photocopy of a Post Diploma in Basic Education programme at the centre but was not given a registration number.

He said when the number on his admission letter was checked on the computer it was detected that it originally bore the name of one Anthony Antwi who had enrolled for the programme and that Ohin had managed to replace his name with his.

Mr Tabi said although Ohin did not buy the admission forms, he used the same means to pay his fees and started the programme.

He was found out when he went to collect his registration number to enable him participate in their end of semester examination and was handed over to the police.

When Mr Antwi was contacted during investigations he denied giving a copy of his admission letter to Ohin and that Ohin himself admitted that he had picked the document at Mr Antwi's residence without his knowledge.