Thursday, December 4, 2014

Toll booth attendant remanded over GHȻ2 theft



A toll booth attendant attached to the Ghana Highway Authority has been remanded into police custody an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly stealing GHȻ2.

The accused, Thomas Tetteh, is said to have on November 10, 2014 at Ayi Mensah in Accra stolen the money belonging to the Government Ghana.

According to the prosecution, Tetteh allegedly collected the money from a tipper truck driver but failed to issue the ticket.

However, appearing before trial judge Aboagye Tandoh, the accused denied the offence and was remanded into police custody to reappear on December 22, 2014.

Prosecuting, Inspector Pat Han­son said the complainants are police officers stationed at the Special Oper­ation Unit (SOU) of the office of the president while the accused is a toll booth attendant of the Ghana High­way Authority resident at Teshie.

Prosecution stated that for some time now, there have been some reports that some operators of the toll booth do not issue tickets to drivers they receive monies from.

The police officer stated that by this practice, the toll booth attendants enriched themselves while depriving the state of revenue expected from the roads.

Inspector Hanson indicated that to forestall the practice, the SOU of the office of the president deployed plain clothe personnel to check the activities of the toll booth operators.

The prosecutor said that on the aforementioned date the com­plainants visited the Ayi Mensah toll booth on the Accra-Aburi road, where Tetteh collected money from a tipper truck driver but failed to issue him a ticket.

He said the driver was contacted and in the presence of Tetteh he admitted that the accused person did not issue him (the driver) ticket after collecting money from him.

Prosecution said Tetteh was arrested and handed over to the Fraud Unit of the CID headquarters for further investigations.

He said the accused in his caution statement admitted the offence.

- Source: Daily Guide