Lotto agent, writer in court over falsification of accounts

Lotto agent, writer in court over falsification of accounts

Samuel Asante Arthur, a lotto agent accused of falsifying accounts to allegedly siphon GH₵143,154 belonging to Alpha Lotto Company, has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.

Also in the dock was Abigail Serwa Appiah, a lotto writer.

Arthur, 51, and Abigail, 32, have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and falsification of account.

The court presided over by Mrs Susana Eduful didn’t take their pleas and admitted them to bail.

Arthur was admitted to bail in the sum of GH₵120,000 with 4 sureties, who’re to be family members.

Abigail was admitted to bail in the sum of GH₵80,000 with three sureties, who’re to be family members.

The case has been adjourned to December 22, 2022.

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The prosecution, led by Chief Inspector Samuel Ahiabor, said the complainant, Joseph Gyapong, was a lotto agent of Alpha Lotto Company Limited and was accountable for receiving lotto booklets / tickets from other writers before profitable numbers have been introduced.

It said Abigail resided at La in Accra and was employed by Arthur for the same company with out the knowledge of the complainant.

The prosecution said in April 2022, Arthur allegedly hatched a plan with Abigail to write a fraudulent profitable ticket for him anytime profitable numbers have been introduced after shut of the lotto business so he may current them to the complainant as profitable numbers.

On April 20 this year, Abigail allegedly wrote a profitable ticket of GH₵2.50 which amounted to profitable GH₵600.00 and Arthur introduced same to the complainant for fee.

The prosecution said the 2 accused individuals on a number of events ready and submitted fraudulent profitable tickets to the tune of GH₵20,000 and the same was paid to Arthur who shared the booty with Abigail.

The prosecution said between April 2021 and March 2022, Arthur took benefit of his office and falsified the pay listing (weekly statement type) of credible winners of Alpha Lotto and succeeded in paying himself an amount of GH₵143,154.00.

The prosecution said throughout the annual accounting monetary interval, the company detected the theft of GH₵143,154.00 and when Arthur was interrogated, he admitted siphoning the amount by falsifying the account of the company and refunded GH₵15,000 to the complainant.

Arthur allegedly pleaded to be given time to pay the remaining of the money.

The prosecution said Arthur went into hiding so the complainant reported the matter to the Police, which led to the 2 accused individuals being arrested at La.

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