Three Fairway Super Market employees are on trial for allegedly stealing GH $1 million from their company and erasing the matching invoices from the Point of Sale (POS) receipts.
The Chronicles Newspaper published this on June 12, 2023.
According to the article, the defendants—Priscilla Ocean Azadegbe, 25, Blessed Dogbe, 33, and Esther Baba, 25—were accused of theft and appeared before an Accra High Court, but they all entered not guilty pleas.
According to the complaint, Priscilla reportedly stole GH 183,778.06 between January and April 2023, while Blessed allegedly stole GH 118,791.55 within the same time period. Esther is said to have taken GHC 33,685.05.
The presiding judge, Joojo Amoah Hagan, approved bail for Priscilla in the amount of GH200,000 with one surety who must be justified by landed property, for Blessed in the amount of GH150,000 with one guarantee, and in the amount of GH40,000 with one surety who must be justified.
Prince Nii Tackie, the supermarket’s human resources manager, was identified by the prosecutor, Inspector Dzigbodi Nego, as the complaint.
Esther, Blessed, and Priscilla all have homes in Teshie, La Adzeman, and La Birthday, he continued.
According to Insp. Nego, who testified in court, the complainant and the supermarket’s management informed the police on May 5, 2023 that they had found that more than GH$1,000,000 had vanished from their records between August 2022 and April 2023.
To find the offenders, the complainant turned to reviewing the shop’s CCTV video. The prosecution said that management observed the defendants taking different amounts of money every day while conducting the CCTV investigation.
The report also stated that the accused admitted to stealing some of the money but not the entire amount provided by management when they were confronted and during the inquiry.
They were later granted police investigation bail while the inquiries were still continuing.
It was discovered that the accused individuals removed invoices from the POS system that were associated with each theft’s total.
It was further found that, in January 2023, invoices with a face value of GH139,575.03 were deleted from the different POS systems used by the defendants.
According to the newspaper’s research, deletions of bills with the face amounts of GH84,576 in February 2023, GH158,026 in March 2023, and GH159,466 in April 2023 were all documented.
The report claims that the accused people were unable to provide an explanation for these monies, which totaled GH541,643.03 over the course of four months.
The accused were found to have stored part of the stolen money on their bank accounts and mobile wallets, among other sums that were later discovered.
The court was made aware of actions being taken to find out additional information about those accounts and reclaim the funds from them.