A Member of the Council of State Member, Ms. Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh is in trouble with the Office of the Special prosecutor for an allegedly using her influence as Council of State Member to engage in illegal and corrupt dealings with her private company, the Labianca Company Limited and subsidiaries. Ms. Asomah-Hinneh is also member of the Board of Directors of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.
A report from the office of the Special Prosecutor detailing the alleged corrupt act notes that, investigations started after a complaint was filed by one Mr. Frank Asare against Labianca Group of Companies and its subsidiaries and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority. Mr. Frank Asare alleged inappropriate, illegal and questionable dealings between the Council of State Member, Ms. Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh's owned company Labianca and the Ghana Revenue Authority, resulting in unlawful markdown and reduction of benchmark values of frozen food products imported by Labianca under the guise of customs advance rulings. Mr. Frank Asare also revealed that Labianca has gained unjustified competitive market advantage in the frozen foods industry through the alleged corrupt and unlawful dealings. Other subsidiaries companies of Labianca, including Rafano Frozen Foods Company Limited and Yoba Capital Limited also allegedly benefited from the actions of the Council of State Member.
Following the investigations into the matter, noted that the Council of State Member shortly after 2012, started her illegal dealings to secure a reduction of benchmark value of her imported products. The Special prosecutor found influence peddling on the part of Ms. Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh as alleged by the complainant to be true and subsequently issued an interim directive to Labianca Company Limited to pay an amount of One Million Seventy-Four Thousand cedis Six Hundred and Twenty-Seven cedis Fifteen pesewas (GHC1,074,627.15), representing the short collection or shortfall of revenue arising from the issuance of the unlawful customs advance ruling. The report also reveals that Labianca Company Limited complied with the directive on 31 March 2022.
Following the alleged illegal act by Ms. Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh, the Prosecutor has directed the opening of a wider investigation in respect of the issuance of customs advance rulings and markdown of benchmark values between July 2017 and December 2021.
Mrs. Eunice Jacqueline Asomah Hinneh became a member of the Council of State representative for the Western Region in 2017. She has over 35 years' experience in Product Management, New Business development and Entrepreneurship, Partnership Development, Supplier/Vendor Relations as well as Strategic Planning and Growth.
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