Former ECG staff charged with 104 counts of stealing

A former staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has been charged with a record 104 counts of stealing, forgery and issuing false cheques contrary to various sections of the criminal offence act.

The accused person, Ebenezer Teye Narteh served as District Accounts Officer at the Obuasi ECG office between 2004 and May 2010.

Mr. Narteh employed various methods to steal a total of Gh¢1,596,090.74 from several accounts of the ECG.

According to the charge sheet before an Accra Financial High Court, the accused person allegedly substituted cheque payments made by Anglogold Ashanti Company Limited and other corporate clients of ECG, with cash he received from the ECG revenue Collectors and stole the cash involved.

Mr. Narteh is also accused of leaving gaps in-between the figures and words of amounts on cheques.

After the cheques had been endorsed by the authorised signatories, Mr. Narteh would insert additional figures and words to increase the face value of the cheques and would steal the difference.

After the crime was detected, Mr. Narteh admitted the crime and offered to pay the amount involved but a Gh¢50,000 Barclays cheque as part payment turned out to be a dud cheque.