Ex-Convict Jailed For Defrauding ECG Customer

Ex-Convict Jailed For Defrauding ECG Customer



The Donkorkrom Magistrate Court presided over by His Worship Augustine Akus-Am has sentenced ex-convict, to six months in prison for impersonating as a staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited (ECG) and to also defraud customers of the company. The accused, Mr Benjamin Amaoko, will serve his sentence with hard


labour. In court, he pleaded guilty to defrauding by false pretence. However, a suspected accomplice, Michael Aledzi, a motorbike operator, pleaded not guilty. He has been remanded in police custody to reappear on March 15, 2022. Prosecutor Superintendent Samuel Entsua-Annan told the court that, on February 14, Mr Amoako



went to a house at Bruben, near Donkorkrom in Afram Plains North District, posing as an ECG disconnector. The complainant and resident of Brubeng then issued an amount of GH¢200 cedis to the accused to offset an outstanding payment and prevent him disconnecting the power supply. The accuse was to settle the bill and



produce a receipt at a later. According to the prosecutor, Mr Amoako later resurfaced in Brubeng with electricity bill but without proper payment receipt. The situation then brought about a misunderstanding too between the complainant and the accused person, which then attracted the attention of the residents. The Assembly



member of the area consequently called the police to arrest Amoako and his accomplice. His accomplice Aledzi, managed to escape but was later arrested by the police. Meanwhile, the Eastern Region Public Relations Officer of ECG, Mr. Emmanuel Halm, has also advised the general public to desist from making payments to



disconnectors and meter readers, who visit their house for special exercises. According to him, such people are not mandated to collect cash on behalf of the company. Mr. Halm also advised customers to demand an official receipt on any payment made to the company.