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21.10.2005 General News

Three Accountant-General's officials remanded

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Accra, Oct. 22, GNA - Three officials of the Controller and Accountant General's Department (CAGD) who allegedly transferred more than two billion cedis belonging to the State into their personal accounts were on Friday remanded into prison custody by the Greater Accra Regional Tribunal. They are Jangay Benjamin Doku, a Chartered Accountant; Philip Seffah Kissi an Accountant and Peter Ntim, an Auditor. With them in the dock were Juliet Seffah Kissi, a teacher and Theresa Osae Doku, a trader, wives of Kissi and Doku, respectively. Kissi and Juliet have been charged with conspiracy and stealing. Doku has been charged with conspiracy and stealing while his wife Theresa has been charged with abetment of crime. Ntim is facing a conspiracy charge. The Tribunal did not take their pleas but admitted Theresa and Juliet to 600 million cedis bail each to reappear on November 4.
Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr George Abavelim said Doku, Kissi and Ntim were arrested following their involvement in the illegal transfer of State funds into their accounts. Prosecution said investigations revealed that Doku had been working for CAGD since three years ago and was the head of Payrolls Processing Unit. The Prosecution said since July 1, this year, Doku operated accounts with "The Trust Bank", Madina branch under the name JAYTHESS Company Limited, a company he and his wife Theresa were the directors and signatories to its accounts.
The Prosecution said Doku transferred 1,28, 621,438 cedis from CAGD into his company's account.
In the case of the Kissi, the Prosecution said he worked with the Final Account Unit Of CAGD and was the Head of Deposits. The Prosecutor said Kissi set up a non-existing credit union in the name of "Tema Workers Credit Association".
According to the Prosecution, Kissi used a former accounts code and illegally transferred 627,337,850 cedis from CAGD into an account for him and his wife Juliet at Prudential Bank, Tema branch.
The Bank suspecting fraud notified the CAGD and froze the accounts. The Prosecution said Ntim worked with Audit and Investigation Section, CAGD. In August 2005, Kissi contacted one Jacob Antwi, a storekeeper and Chairman of Presec Welfare Association (PWA) and convinced Antwi to allow him to deposit 42,880,000 cedis into the Association account in return for 10 million cedis.
Antwi feigned interest and reported the matter to the Bureau of National Investigation.
Prosecution said 42,880,000 cedis had since been retrieved.

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