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Accra court fines electrician and mason for impersonating ECG staff

April 3, 2024
Accra court fines electrician and mason for impersonating ECG staff

An electrician and a mason found guilty of posing as (ECG) staff and extorting money from customers over illegal connections broke down in tears as an Circuit Court handed down fines for their offences.

Nana Adu Gyamfi, aged 33, and Derrick Ntow Adumah, aged 22, admitted to collecting amounts ranging between GH¢ 20 and GH¢ 50 from ECG customers under the guise of conducting meter monitoring operations.

The court presided over by Mr. Sameul Bright Acquah, convicted the pair on counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, interference with suppliers' distribution, defrauding by false pretences, and stealing an ECG meter.

Both defendants pleaded guilty to the charges. The court sentenced them to pay a fine of GHC1,200 on each count or face six months imprisonment, with the sentences to run concurrently.

The prosecution, led by Mr. Paul Assibi Abarigah, Director of Prosecutions at ECG, stated that the accused, residents of Dansoman, Accra, had gone to the Zone Six suburb of Dansoman on March 25, 2024. They falsely represented themselves to residents, including Magaret Donkor, as ECG workers conducting meter monitoring operations.

During their operations, Gyamfi and Adumah disconnected and removed an ECG meter from a house due to alleged illegal connections, demanding money from customers in the process.

Their fraudulent activities were halted when a vigilant witness demanded their identity cards, which they failed to produce. The witness raised an alarm, leading to the arrest of the accused and their subsequent handover to the Dansoman ECG office.

Following investigations, items such as reflective jackets, a board with the ECG logo, screwdrivers, a voltmeter, and ECG meters were found in their possession. Both defendants admitted to the offences during interrogation, with Gyamfi implicating Adumah as the instigator of their illicit activities.

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