Manager jailed 15 years for using company’s money to stake bet

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The former manager of the Star Oil company’s Hohoe branch gambled away the company’s money on sports betting, which put him in jail.

Yussif Abubakar and his family were clearly in tears when he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for wasting a company’s funds on sports betting.

Yussif’s mother could not hold back her tears after the Hohoe high court sentenced her son to 15 years in prison for stealing last Wednesday.

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Yussif Abubakar, a former employee of Star Oil Company’s Hohoe division, was convicted for stealing GH139,118 from his employer.

His mother had to be assisted at the courtroom when his sentenced was announced. She was very broken by the development as she needed physical support to find her way out from the courtroom with wailing.

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Abubakar, who was charged with theft about two years earlier, pleaded not guilty before the final trial verdict was issued.

Mr Yaw Opoku Acheampong, the trial judge, said in the 30-minute sentence he read out that he would have sentenced him to 20 years in jail if the prisoner had shown remorse during the trial.

Abubakar confessed in the courtroom that he used the money for sports betting but did not win any of the bets to enable him to repay the money he took from the company’s coffers.

The prosecution team revealed in court that Abubakar began working for the company on March 17, 2012 as a washing bay manager and a pump attendant before rising through the ranks to become a branch manager on March 3, 2018.

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