Five employees have appeared in an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly stealing building supplies worth GHS2,615,011 from Kwadwo Ofori, or K Ofori Enterprise Limited.
Felix Ofori-Boafo, a cashier, William Dagadu, a 27-year-old IT technician, Santa Nangba, a sales manager, Peter Bawla, a supervisor, and Michael Jeffery, 28-year-old, are the defendants.
They have pleaded not guilty to the charges of Conspiracy to commit theft and stealing.
The Court, presided over by Mr Samuel Bright Acquah, remanded them in police custody to allow the police to conduct additional investigations into the matter.
This was after the accused persons’ lawyers argued for bail for the accused persons.
The prosecution, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Augustus Yirenkyi, opposed the bail application, claiming that the case was still being investigated.
The Court agreed with the prosecution’s argument and remanded them in custody.
The hearing has been rescheduled for January 5, 2023.
According to the prosecution, the complainant, Frank Kwadwo Ofori, is the Director of Kwadwo Ofori Enterprise Limited in Accra, and the accused are his employees whom he trained to manage his various branches.
According to the report, the accused were formally employed in Accra before being transferred to Cape Coast to manage a branch.
According to the Prosecution, the accused were given iron rods, cement, binding wires, and nails to sell in large quantities to the complainant.
According to the complaint, the complainant had faith in the accused, particularly Nangba, his sales manager at the Cape Coast branch.
According to the Prosecution, the accused persons requested that bags of cement be delivered to them by September 2022.
According to the report, the complainant discovered that the accused had approximately 10,000 bags of cement on hand. As a result, the complainant became suspicious as to why the accused persons were requesting bags of cement, among other things.
According to the Prosecution, the complainant learned from one of his employees that the accused had sold the bags of cement that they had in stock but had failed to account for them.
It said the complainant became alarmed and together with his accounting officers conducted stocking at the Cape Coast branch and it was revealed that” a net shortage of stock to the tune of GHS2,615, 011.30.
According to the Prosecution, he invited the accused persons to the head office in Accra and interrogated them.
According to the prosecution, the accused admitted to stealing iron rods, bags of cement, binding wires, and nails worth GHS2,568, 770.40 and wrote an undertaking to refund the money to the complainant.
According to the report, he reported the incident to the police on December 20, this year, and the accused were arrested.
According to the prosecution, the accused admitted to the crime in their caution statements.
“Investigations revealed that the accused persons sold the materials supplied to them without accounting for them,” the statement continued.