‘Goro Boys’ Before Court For Issuing Forged Documents

Three men said to be ‘goro boys’ operating around the Weija office of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) have appeared before an Accra Circuit Court charged with forgery of documents and possession of forged documents. They are Samuel Afari, Isaac Mensah, both insurance agents, and Daniel Boateng, a dismissed driver of the DVLA. A fourth accomplice, whose name was given only as Alexander, is said to be on the run. Charges The three were charged with three counts of abetment of crime, to wit, forgery of documents, and possession of forged documents. They all pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail each in the sum of GH¢50,000 with two sureties one of which must be a public or civil servant. They are to re-appear on October, 17 2014. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Adiza Suleman told the Circuit Court, presided over by Mr Boakye Yiadom, that on Friday, September 5, 2014, a man, Peter Asamoah, went to the Weija office of the DVLA to renew the roadworthy certificates of his two taxis. He approached the accountant, who told him to bring the two vehicles to the premises of the DVLA to be tested before the certificates could be issued. A ‘goro boy’ appears According to ASP Suleman, while returning from the office of the accountant, Asamoah was approached by a man named Alexander, now at large, that he knew people who could get him the roadworthy certificates without him having to bring the vehicles to the DVLA premises. Alex then took Asamoah to Boateng, who also led him to Afari who charged Asamoah GH¢90. Afari in turn took GH¢30 out of the amount and led Asamoah to Mensah, at which point he (Afari) handed over the remaining GH¢60 to Mensah. Instant roadworthy stickers Within 30 minutes, ASP Suleman told the court, Mensah returned with two roadworthy stickers. But Asamoah suspected the stickers to be fake and, therefore, went back to the accountant to verify whether the stickers were genuine. The accountant confirmed that they were fake and took him to the Weija District Manager of the DVLA, Mr Jerry Edem Aflabo, who quickly organised some members of the staff to pick up the three men and hand them over to the police. At the police station when Isaac Mensah’s bag was searched, more fake DVLA payment receipts, stickers for registration, as well as transfer forms A and C were found.