Forging a Judicial Service receipt landed two teachers in jail. An Accra Circuit Court sentenced two teachers, who had faked official receipts from the Judicial Service, to six years in prison each.
The primary mastermind of the crime, Lordfred Heward Mills, was imprisoned in absentia, while the second accused, Lawrence Ansu Asante, was led to prison by the police.
This came after they were found guilty of conspiring to wit the utterance of forged documents and uttering forged documents at the conclusion of the trial by the court chaired by Mrs. Afia Owusua Appiah.
The complainant, Eric Ansah Agyei, is a pastor who lives in Aburi, according to the prosecution, which was led by Inspector Wisdom Alorwu.
It stated that Mills lived in Bubuashie and that Asante, a Jamestown resident, was a surety in the Republic vs. Jeffrey Wilson Ofori case, which was pending before Circuit Court Four and was presided over by the now-deceased Mr. Emmanuel Essandoh.
Service receipt landed two teachers in jail.
The complainant, who is now convicted, gave GHC3,500 to the accused in June 2021, according to the court record, to be paid on behalf of Jeffrey Wilson Ofori, an accused party in a case.
The accused (convicts), according to the prosecution, then devised a scheme to falsify an official Judicial Service receipt and neglected to give the money to the court.
As per the report, the prisoners got in touch with Boakye Boateng, who procured them fake official receipts from the Judicial Service.
It stated that the prisoners subsequently turned in an official receipt from the Judicial Service bearing the number 19/0263336, dated June 11, 2021, and having a face value of GHC3,500.
The prosecution claimed that they subsequently gave Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Rita Asaah, the prosecutor, the receipt.
The prosecutor brought the aforementioned receipt before the court on November 23, 2021, but it was turned down, and the judge issued an order for the prisoners’ arrest.
As a result, they were led to the community 18 Police Station and held there while additional inquiries were conducted.
According to the prosecution, Mills identified a Boakye Boateng, who is currently at large, as the person who provided them with the receipts for a GHC500 fee.
It stated that the remaining GHC 3,000 was distributed among the prisoners.
Before a neutral witness, the prisoners confessed to their crimes in their caution statements.