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General News of Tuesday, 10 December 2019

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Govt to prosecute Woyome for ‘colluding with UT Bank’ to commit fraud

The state is set to prosecute embattled businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome over new evidence of fraud against him.

A Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Dame claims there is substantial proof that Mr Woyome colluded with the now-defunct UT Bank, to fabricate evidence about the ownership of his assets.

This was in a bid to halt the sale of his assets to defray his GHc 51 million debt to the state.

He argued that claims that the Woyome case is an example of Government’s inability to crack down on corruption are all false and lack merit as a lot of work is being done to prosecute the businessman.

While delivering the keynote address at the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) Integrity Awards yesterday, Mr Dame added that the AG’s office has subsequently forwarded a memo to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to investigate the matter.

“The Supreme Court actually held that Woyome had colluded with UT bank to practice fraud on the court. I have followed up on that and I have presented my memo to my boss and the Attorney General has accepted the memo and indeed we have written to the CID to ensure the prosecution of Mr Alfred Woyome for the offence of the fabrication of evidence. So the Woyome case cannot be held as an instance were Government failing to take action. The Deputy Attorney General said.

Mr Godfed Dame, in his address, also expressed his optimism that government’s efforts to recover every lost cedi from Mr Alfred Woyome will see the “light of day.”

He also confirmed that the Director-General of the CID, Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, has received a letter from the Attorney General on the prosecution of Alfred Woyome.

“We have taken the fullest of actions to ensure the recovery of every cedi as well as ensuring that all punitive and criminal actions that will result from the conduct of the gentleman in question will see the light of day.”

‘The Director-General from the CID, I am aware has received the letter from the attorney general.” he said.



Supreme Court dismisses Woyome’s application to pay GHc46m debt in instalments

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court dismissed an application by Mr Woyome seeking to pay in instalments the GHC46 million he owes the state.

In an application for a stay of execution on the order directing that his assets be sold, Mr Woyome said he will go bankrupt if that happens.

He further pledged to pay GHC10 million of the money immediately if the ruling is stayed and subsequently pay GHC4 million every ninety days.

But the Supreme Court dismissed the application explaining that it was unmeritorious and that the businessman over the years has not shown any true commitment to refund the money.