Archivist at DVLA, ‘goro boy’ in court for stealing car documents

Archivist at DVLA in court for stealing car documentsAn archivist at the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority, Joseph Nuamah, has been arrested for allegedly stealing car documents.

Mr. Nuamah and a ‘goro’ boy at the Authority, Kweku Osei, are standing trial for allegedly stealing the documents of 23 vehicles which were in the custody of the DVLA.

The two were granted bail by the Motor Court Tuesday to reappear on June 17, 2015.

They had been on remand since May 29, when they first appeared in court.

The facts of the case as adduced in court are that the DVLA after persistent loss of car documents, put surveillance mechanisms in place to find the perpetrators.

On May 28, 2015, the chief security officer at DVLA bumped into Mr. Nuamah handing a brown envelope to the co-accused.

The prosecution argues that the security man enquired to know what the two were dealing with but Kweku Osei darted out in an attempt to escape.

He was however outrun and arrested by officials of the DVLA.

The prosecution told the court an examination of the contents of the brown envelope showed that the suspects were taking away registration documents of 23 vehicles.

When a search was conducted on the files of the 23 vehicles, it was found out that they were all empty.

Joseph Nuamah told police after the arrest that he was giving the documents to Kweku to be photocopied for purposes of change of ownership.

Authorities at the DVLA say the evidence contradict this claim because none of the owners of the 23 vehicles had requested a change of ownership.

The two suspects were handed over to the police who brought them before court on May 29 and charged them with conspiracy to forge official documents and stealing.

Kweku Osei is facing a third charge of impersonation. They were remanded into police custody.

On June 2, 2015 when the case was called, lawyers for the suspects, applied for and secured bail in the sum of 30,000 cedis with two sureties.

Prosecutor of the Central Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), Inspector Wonder Lumor, is prosecuting the case.

He will not comment on the matter except to say he will make his case before court and leave the rest to the presiding judge.

It is unclear exactly what the suspects were going to use the documents for.

It has, however, been suggested that in recent time some unscrupulous persons use stolen or fake vehicle documents to procure loans from banks and other microfinance companies.

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