AN ACCOUNTANT working with Onyameba Enterprise Limited has been dragged to an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly stealing the company?s money to a tune of GH?247,663.00.

The accused person, Alfred Lathbridge, reportedly pocketed the said amount which he was supposed to pay into the company?s bank accounts.

DSP Alex Odonkor, the prosecutor, indicated that the accused person could not account for the loss when he was interrogated.

At the court presided over by Ebenezer Osei Darko, the accused person denied the offence of stealing and he was granted a GH?250,000 bail with two sureties to re-appear on July 27.

DSP Odonkor, narrating the facts, informed the court that the complainant was the manager of Onyameba Enterprise Limited located at Kokomlemle near Kwame Nkrumah Circle, whilst the accused was a salesman and an accountant of the enterprise whose duty was to collect daily sales and pay the money into the company?s bank accounts.

According to the prosecutor, in May 2012, the complainant detected some mismanagement in their bank accounts and receipt books.

As a result of that, he, on May 15, 2012, asked his secretary, a witness in this case, to make preliminary checks on the invoices and the cash books of the company and inform him about the outcome.

DSP Odonkor indicated that on that same day, when the secretary began her checks, she received a call from the accused person, who informed her that he had failed to pay some of the daily sales of three shops into the company?s accounts. He allegedly pleaded with her not to report the matter to their boss.

However, a report was made to the police the next day and the accused was arrested.

Alfred allegedly admitted the offence at the police station in his caution statement but said he did not remember the amount of money he had taken.

The complainant then engaged the services of auditors to audit the company?s accounts from October 1, 2011 to May 15, 2012.

The auditor?s report allegedly indicated that the accused was to lodge an amount of GH?1,293,945 into the company?s bank account but only lodged GH?1,046,282.00, leaving a balance of GH?247,663.00 which he could not account for.

The prosecutor indicated that when the accused was cautioned again, he allegedly denied stealing any amount.

By Mary Anane

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