Two teachers jailed 6 years each for forging Judicial Service receipt

An Accra Circuit Court condemned 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 counterfeit 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.

According to the document, Mills lived in Bubuashie, and Asante, a James Town resident, was one of the sureties in the Republic v. Jeffrey Wilson Ofori case, which was proceeding before Circuit Court 4, which was then presided over by the now-deceased Mr. Emmanuel Essandoh.

According to the court record, in June 2021, the complainant paid GH₵3,500 to the now-convicted accused individuals 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.

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According to the report, the prisoners subsequently got in touch with Boakye Boateng, who provided them with the fake official receipts from the Judicial Service.

It stated that the prisoners subsequently turned in an authentic receipt from the Judicial Service bearing the number 19/0263336, dated June 11, 2021, and having a face value of GH₵3,500.

The prosecution said that they subsequently gave Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Rita Asaah, the prosecutor, the receipt.

When the prosecution brought the aforementioned receipt before the court on November 23, 2021, it was turned down, and the judge issued an order for the prisoners to be taken into custody.

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 claimed that one Boakye Boateng, who is now at large, was the one who gave them the receipts in exchange for GH₵500.

It stated that the remaining GH₵3,000 was distributed to the prisoners.

Before a neutral witness, the prisoners confessed to the crime in their caution statements.

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