Deported businessman named in document forgery case

Mr Sivaram was repatriated because he had no legal status to be in the country
Mr Sivaram was repatriated because he had no legal status to be in the country

The Indian businessman who was repatriated by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Ashok Kumar Sivaram, has been named in the alleged forgery of the documents of the company he worked with, Jai Mai Communications Limited.

Ashok and his accomplice, George Dankwa Otempong, who is currently before court, are said to have forged the signature of the owner of the company, Sachin Nambeear and tendered it at the Registrar General’s Department.

Otempong has, however, denied conspiracy to commit crime, forgery of official documents and tendering forged documents.

He has since been granted a GH¢50,000.00 bail with two sureties.

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Otempong will re-appear on May 29.

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Police Chief Inspector Francis Tassan told the Court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh that Sachin Nambeear, the prosecution witness, an international businessman resident in India is the owner and Director of Jai Mai Communication located at Laterbiokorshie in Accra.

The accused persons; Otempong and Sivaram are secretary and director respectively of the same company, he said.

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Otempong was employed as a clerk and Sivaram as the director whereas their colleague, one Robert Quartey as the secretary of the company.

The Prosecution said in 2010, the two accused removed Quartey as the secretary and Otempong acted instead without the employer’s knowledge.

He said in July 2017, Nambeear visited Ghana and during regular checks, he detected that his signature had been forged on one of the company’s forms from the Registrar General Department for re-registration.

A formal report was made to the police for investigation, where the two were invited for assistance.

Sivaram has however been deported since March 2018 after the Supreme Court ruled that he had no legal status to be in the country.