A 32-year-old Creative Artist has been charged with stealing in an Accra Circuit Court.
Isaac Barley has pleaded not guilty to counts of improper alteration of a computer program or electronic data and theft. Mrs Afia Owusuaa Appiah, who presided over the hearing, granted him bail in the amount of GHS95,000.00 with two sureties to be justified. As a result, the Court has given the prosecution three weeks to file disclosures and witness statements. On June 13, 2022, he is anticipated to reappear.
The complainant, Mr Sellasie Tay, is a Business Development Manager of Global Accelerex Ghana Limited, based in Asylum Down, Accra, while the accused is the Manager of MARS6, a picture, video recording, and event management studio in Oyibi, according to Chief Inspector Samuel Ahiabor, prosecuting. He said the accused approached Global Accelerex Ghana Limited in January 2022 to construct a Point of Sale (POS) system for him to run his photography and videography business and receive payments from consumers online. According to the prosecution, the accused was hooked into the system after successfully completing the registration requirement.
The POS Transaction was created with him in mind, which means that in order for a transaction to be initiated, the cardholder must be there to enter his or her pin number after inserting the card. According to the prosecution, the accused person gained illegal access to the system a month later, allowing him to modify the payment system settings and switch the settings from card present to card not present. According to the facts, this allowed him to gain unauthorized access to other people’s master card information in order to complete the transaction without having to insert the card or input the pin codes.
During interrogation and in his cautious statement, the accused admitted to the crime and indicated that he committed it with one Rakem, but that he was unable to assist the police in locating and apprehending the alleged accomplice. According to the prosecution, the accused person refunded GHS15,000.00 in cash throughout the investigation but failed to pay the balance.