The four persons, who allegedly duped a Dubai-based businessman of 325,000 dollars under the pretext of selling him gold, yesterday shed tears after the Accra Circuit Court “One” had remanded them in police custody, until August 30.
Mark Kojo Conry, alias Alhassan Mark Conry, unemployed, Aikins Ameho, computer technician, Richard Obeng Osei, alias Opuni, consultant, and Kofifi Amehuon, alias Ali Abu, small scale miner, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit crime, and defrauding by false pretences.
The court presided over by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, would determine the application for bail by their counsel, Assistant Commissioner of Police (rtd) K.K. Amoah.
Emmanuel Kwesi Dotse and Samuel Kofi Grant Kontoh, both businessmen, and accomplices of the accused, have gone into hiding.
The prosecutor, Chief Superintendent Duuti Tuaruka, told the court that the complainant, Nizar Naji Mohammed Alassatt, General Manager of Complex Group of Companies in Dubai, came into contact with Kwesi Dotse and Grant Kontoh, now at large, last June, when they were introduced to him as small scale miners by Mr. Dardi, who was also based in Dubai.
The court heard that the fifth and sixth accused informed the complainant of their intention to sell gold to him and he (complainant) expressed interest in buying the precious mineral.
Chief Supt. Duuti said that Alassat came to Ghana last June, and met Dotse and Kontoh, who took him to Italtec Ghana Limited to meet the first accused, Conry.
He said that the three accused showed the complainant a metallic box, which they said contained 11 gold bars, while Dotse, was holding two yellow-coated metal bar, which they claimed was genuine gold.
Chief Supt. said a test on two coated bars of gold, indicated that they were genuine, and asked the complainant to pay an amount, being the cost of test on the mineral before he (complainant) could collect the gold.
Conry, Dotse and Kontoh, swapped the genuine gold with yellow-coated metals, but they collected $325,000.00 from the complainant, being cost of the gold.
Kontoh told the complainant to wait for him while he went to the bank, to deposit the money, but he (accused) absconded.
Prosecution said when Mr. Alassat realised that he was duped, he left Ghana, for Dubai, but Conry contacted him there, and told him that there was gold for sale.
Mr. Alassat feigned interest and alerted the police, and the accused were arrested at Italtec Ghana Limited for an assay or test on gold.
By Castro Zangina-Tong