State Sues Ernest Thompson Again Over SSNIT OBS Contract

The State has amended its charge sheet against former boss of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Mr. Ernest Thompson after the Supreme Court dismissed the charges brought against him and three others were inappropriate.

In the resultant second suit, the amended charge sheet says Mr. Thompson and the others willfully caused financial loss to the State to the tune of US$14.8million.

He together with a 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 allegedly conspired to commit crime, defrauding by false presence in contravention of the public procurement act and authoring of forged documents.

Specifically, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Mensah, Mr. Hayibor and Miss Hassana Kramer are the ones being accused of willfully causing financial loss to the state, while Mr. Afaglo, is facing charges relating to authoring forged documents and possession of forged documents.

They are alleged to have committed the crimes in July 2018 resulting in a financial loss to the State. They have all pleaded not guilty.

On March 17, the Supreme Court had ruled that the charges preferred against Ernest Thompson and four others by the State were did not meet the constitutional requirements.

Consequently, the State was forced to revise the charges.

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

The new case will be heard on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

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