The manager of a gas station was sentenced to 120 months in prison for stealing GHC398,545

Ernest Boakye, 30, was found guilty of stealing 398,545ghc from INFIN Ghana Limited, an oil marketing company, and was sentenced to 120 months in prison with hard labor. Boakye has pleaded not guilty to accusations of theft. 

After a nine-month trial, he was found guilty by a court presided over by Mr Stephen Kumi. The prosecution called four witnesses throughout the trial, while the accused did not. 

The now-convicted defendant claimed in his defense that he had no knowledge how the prosecution and the complainant's firm computed the stolen funds. 

His request for a copy of the audit report was granted by the court. 

When sentencing the offender, the court took into account his age and his expression of regret in the dock. 

The trial judge stated, "There were more extenuating considerations that went against the accused." 

Rather than a "While he was meant to be a trustworthy and honest employee, he instead scammed and misused the company's money and staff," a "While he was supposed to be a loyal and honest employee, he instead scammed and misused the company's money and personnel." 

"As a result, the offender is obviously dishonest. The prisoner did so, in particular, during the COVID-19 outbreak, when most businesses in the country went bankrupt and many people lost their jobs. 

The court noted that several businesses had failed as a result of deceptive practices and dishonest employees, and that the perpetrators merited prison time to deter others. 

According to the prosecution, in May of 2021, an administrator of INFIN Ghana Limited found discrepancies between the accused's pay-in slips and bank statements. 

Boakye was detained after it was discovered during a routine inspection on June 16, 2021, that he had taken GHC92,457.00 without permission. 

The complainant's firm dispatched its internal auditor, Harry Gyamfi, to Boakye's station in Kwahu-Tafo on July 5, 2021, to monitor sales. 

At the completion of the auditing conducted in his presence, he had embezzled GHc398,545.00.


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