The Utility Circuit Court in Accra has sentenced Hayford Mortey, an IT Officer, and Mumuni Issaka, a tailor, to a fine of 100 penalty units (GHs 1,200) each, for stealing an ECG master card.
They are also to pay compensation of GHs 2,000 each to ECG, or in default, serve one year in prison with hard labour.
The two had earlier pleaded not guilty when arraigned before court but changed their plea on Saturday, on October 29, at the Utility Circuit Court, and were convicted on their own plea by the Court, presided over by Mrs. Afi Agbanu-Kudomor.
They were arraigned in court earlier with two others; Angel Gabriel Quashie, a cultural drummer, and Godknows Hiatape, an aluminium fabricator who were also sentenced by the Court to a fine of 100 penalty units each, and GHs 2,000 compensation to ECG, on pleading guilty.
The ECG Manager in charge of Prosecutions, Mr. Paul Assibi Abariga, presenting the facts to the court earlier, said during the month of June, the complainant and his team were on their usual field investigations at Chantan in the Greater Accra Region, when they detected that two customers’ meters had been loaded with credit illegally through a master card.
Upon interrogation, the customers mentioned Hayford Mortey, Godnows Hiatape and Angel Gabriel Quashie as the ones who loaded their meters with the credit and collected GHs 20 each from them.
The three, upon their arrest, mentioned Mumuni Issaka, as the owner of the card they used to load credit unto the prepaid meters of unsuspecting customers for a fee.
After his arrest, Issaka mentioned one Ben as the one who sold the master card to him at a fee of GHs 400 but he could not lead the police to arrest him.
They were therefore charged with conspiracy to commit crime and stealing, after investigations.
PRO, Head Office