Three persons are in the Tema Circuit Court ‘A’ for allegedly defrauding the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) of GHC4, 200.00.
They are Mary Intaimah a trader, Alfred Ansah a bailiff and Bondzie-Adu Godfrey who is a driver and are all residents of Ashaiman.
According to the facts of the case, the three allegedly conspired and forged the necessary SS documents which enabled them to obtain the benefit of Samuel Biney who is deceased. This was made possible by Mary Intaimah finance to the deceased.
They also did this by obtaining letters of administration from the Tema Circuit Court “B” and birth certificates from the Birth Registry in Tema in the names of the children of the deceased person and produced Rose Amedetowo and another accused young man both at large as the children.
Later they presented themselves at the SSNIT office in Tema producing Rose and the said young man as requested by SSNIT with their passport pictures and other documents and based on their false representation were paid GHC 4,200.00 which all the accused persons disbursed among themselves.
However in May 2010, the real beneficiaries who are Ebenezer Biney and Vida Biney reported tothe Harbour Branch of SSNIT Tema and introduced themselves as to enable them receive the benefits bequeathed to them by their late father Samuel Biney.
It was then detected that the accused persons who earlier presented themselves and were paid, were fraudsters.
A report was then made to the Tema Regional CID and the accused persons were arrested and in their caution statement admitted their offences after which they were charged with conspiracy, forgery and stealing.
Briefing the court the Prosecuting Officer, Chief Inspector Stanley Dzakpah told the court that Mary Intaimah who is a trader, Alfred Ansah a Baillif and Bondzie-Adu Godfrey a driver on August,19 ,2006 at Ashaiman in Tema Circuit and within the jurisdiction of the court did agree or act together with a common purpose to commit crime to wit; forgery and stealing.
They also among other things on February 16, 2007 at Tema also dishonestly appropriated cash in the sum of GHC4, 200.00 from SSNIT, Harbour Branch Tema which is the benefit of Vida Biney and Ebenezer Biney.
The accused persons in court on May 15 2012 presided over by Circuit Court Judge Eric Kyei Baffour pleaded not guilty to the charges after paying GHC 4,000 to SSNIT with a promise to pay the rest later.
However SSNIT says it intends to pursue the matter as it believes paying the money should not end there but that the fraudsters should be given a Custodial Sentence to serve as a deterrent to others contemplating such plans.
The case has been adjourned for them to reappear on June 21, 2012.