SSNIT Scandal: State sues Ernest Thompson, 4 others again

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The state has sued a former Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Ernest Thompson and four others for the second time for willfully causing financial loss to the state.

The four others are former SSNIT Information Technology (IT) Manager, John Hagan Mensah, a former SSNIT Head of Management Information Systems (MIS), Caleb Kwaku Afaglo, the lawyer for SSNIT, Peter Hayibor and the CEO of Perfect Business Systems (PBS), Juliet Hassana Kramer.

This suit is in connection with an Operating Business Suite (OBS) contract, in which the state allegedly lost some US$14.8 million.

The Attorney General in a petition filed at an Accra High Court, amended the charge sheet to conform to a ruling by the Supreme Court on March 17, that charges preferred against Ernest Thompson and four others by the State were inappropriate and did not meet constitutional requirements.

Ernest Thompson and his four alleged cohorts were in July 2018, sued for allegedly causing a loss of over $14.8 million to the state, conspiring to commit crime, defrauding by false pretence in contravention of the public procurement act and authoring of forged documents.

They have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Principal State Attorney, Richard Gyimbibi on Thursday, informed the Court that the amended charge sheets were filed on April 20, 2021.

Ernest Thompson and three of the respondents – Mensah, Hayibor and Hassana Kramer are those being charged with willfully causing financial loss to the state, while Afaglo is facing charges relating to authoring and possessing forged documents.

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