Two lottery agents have appeared in court in Accra for allegedly submitting fraudulent tickets and falsifying a pay list worth more than GH163,000.00.
Samuel Asante Arthur, 51, and Abigail Serwaa Appiah, 32, both pleaded not guilty to four counts of conspiracy to commit crime and account falsification.
They were granted bail in the amount of GH92,000.00 by the court presided over by Susana Eduful, with seven sureties to be justified, all of whom should be family members.
They are scheduled to appear in court again on December 22 of this year.
According to the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Samuel Ahiabor, the facts of the case were that Asante Arthur, a lotto agent with Alpha Lotto Company, hired Serwaa Appiah without the knowledge of the complainant, Joseph Gyapong, who is his supervisor.
He also stated that sometime in April 2022, Asante Arthur devised a plan with Serwaa Appiah in which he stated that he was indebted to many people and that he wanted Serwaa Appiah to assist him by writing fraudulent winning tickets to him whenever winning numbers were mentioned after the close of lotto in order for him to present them to the complainant as if they were staked at the normal time of writing lotto to customers
Chief Inspector Ahiabor also revealed that on April 20, 2022, Serwaa Appiah wrote a winning ticket for GH2.50, resulting in a winning price of GH600.00, which was presented to the complainant for payment by Appiah Arthur.
He added that the accused persons prepared and submitted fraudulent winning tickets totaling GH20,000 on several occasions, and that the same amount was paid to Asante Arthur, who shared it with Serwaa Appiah.
“Again, between the months of April 2021 and March 2022, Asante Arthur used his office to falsify the pay list (weekly statement form) of credible Alpha Lotto winners and succeeded in paying himself GH143,154.00,” he added.
Chief Inspector Ahiabor also stated that a theft of GH143,154.00 was discovered during the company’s annual accounting and financial period.
“As a result, Appiah Arthur was subsequently audited, during which he admitted taking GH143,154.00 by falsifying the company’s account,” he said.
He went on to say that Appiah Arthur refunded the complainant GH15,000.00 and pleaded for more time to pay the remaining GH121,800.00 but failed to keep his promise went into hiding.
“On November 10, this year, the complainant filed an official complaint with the police, and the accused were apprehended from their hideout in Labadi.” “During the investigation, the accused admitted to the offenses in their investigation caution statements,” he added.