Ghana: Pastor in Gh¢122,500 Fraud

An Accra-based pastor is standing trial at an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly defrauding a businessman of an amount of GH¢122,500, under the pretext of supplying him with auctioned cars from the Office of National Security.

Abraham Copeland Ambing lured the complainant into believing that he had a friend at the National Security office who was in charge of the sale of auctioned vehicles.

The complainant, who gave him the said amount, became fed up after the accused person failed to supply the vehicles to him, and began to play hide and seek, which angered the complainant, who subsequently reported the matter to the police for his arrest.

Abraham Copeland Ambing pleaded not guilty to the charge of defrauding by false pretense before the court presided over by Mrs. Patience Mills-Tetteh.

He was admitted to bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 with two sureties, and is expected to re-appear before the court on May 29, 2013.

Narrating the facts of the case, the prosecutor Chief Inspector, Charles Chester said in January 2013, the accused person told the complainant that he knew someone at the National Security office, who could offer him some auctioned vehicles to buy.

He told the court that based on that information, the accused person collected GH¢122,500 from the complainant, while waiting for the accused person to supply him with the auctioned vehicles.

“However, the accused person could not supply the complainant the vehicles, but gave excuses whenever the complainant makes inquiries as to what is happening. The complainant, therefore, lodged a complaint at the police station, where the accused person was arrested,” the prosecutor added.

According to him, in the accused person’s caution statement, he mentioned one Adam who works at the National Security office as the person who collected those monies, but could not lead the police to the said Adam

At the same court, a truck pusher has been remanded into custody for allegedly stealing 33 sheep from Kantamanto in Accra.

Seidu Musah, together with his accomplice, stole the sheep in the absence of the owner and offered them for sale.

He was arrested by the police after some of the buyers felt suspicious as to where the sheep came from.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge of stealing, and is expected to re-appear before the court on May 29, 2013.

The underling facts are that on May 13, 2013, at about 9:30 a.m., the caretaker of the pen sent 33 sheep to a distance of about 300 metres to graze.

Chief Inspector Jubiok told the court that he (caretaker) left the animals there to attend to other issues at his home, but the accused person and his accomplice, who is currently at large, went to the location of the animals and stole all of them.

“They sent the animals to a spot at the beach in James Town, where they were offering them for sale. However, during the process, some potential buyers became suspicious and arrested the accused person to the police station, where he was detained,” the Prosecutor stated.

He said the police visited the scene and retrieved 25 sheep. The complainant, who was looking for the animals, had a hint and went to the police station to identify and collect the sheep.

THE CHRONICLE

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