Businessman defrauds partner of GH¢51,000

A businessman, who defrauded his partner Rexford Appiah, of GH¢51,000.00, was yesterday put before an Accra circuit court.

His accomplice, Iddi Suka, who claimed to be a staff at the Flagstaff House, is at large, and being sought by the police.

The accused, Benjamin Osei was granted bail in the sum of GH¢70,000 with four sureties to appear again on August 16.

He was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and defrauding by false pretences, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Osei convinced Appiah that he could provide him with travelling documents, a visa, and also help him to buy cars, but failed to honour his words.

Inspector Maxwell Ayim said in October, 2017, Emmanuel Asante, a witness in the case introduced Osei to Appiah that he (Osei) was securing travelling documents and a visa for him.

Prosecution said Osei sent pictures of cars which were for sale by auction, and said he (Osei) could assist  Appiah and Asante to buy if they were interested.

Inspt Osei said Appiah and Asante wanted to buy the cars and they showed pictures of the vehicles to other people, who also became interested.

Insp  Ayim said  Appiah and Asante  met accused at Airport Residential Area, in Accra, where Osei introduced Iddi Suka to Asante and Appiah that he was a staff of the Flagstaff House.

The court heard that accused told the victims that Iddi had documents covering the cars.

Insp Ayim said Osei and Iddi took the complainant to the Customs bonded warehouse at Airport Area and Appiah identified  four cars he wanted to buy, and paid  GH¢ 32,000 to Osei.

The accused also collected GH¢19.000.00 from Appiah to secure him visas, he did not fufil his promise and went into hiding.

According to him, Osei was arrested at his house at Labadi Apaapa, and upon interrogation he told the police that he gave GH¢ 32.000 to Iddi, but could not trace him for the cars or the money

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong

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