Businessman gets 3 years for fraud

Daniel Otoo, 31, a businessman has been sentenced to three years imprisonment by a Koforidua circuit court for defrauding another businessman at Odumase-Krobo in the Eastern Region.

Otoo was said to have issued a dud cheque to the businessman in payment for a vehicle sold to him.

Otoo pleaded guilty to the charge of defrauding by false pretence and the court, presided over by Mrs. Cynthia Wiredu sentenced him accordingly.

Prosecuting, Assistant State Attorney, Cyril Boateng Keteku said the complainant in the case was a businessman who owned a Ford Pick-up.

He said on May 4, 2014, the accused with the intent to defraud the complainant, approached him when he realised that the complainant was selling the said vehicle.

He said the complainant agreed to sell the vehicle to Otoo at a reduced price of GH¢19,000 since he needed money urgently to solve some pressing needs.

Otoo, according to the prosecution, gave the complainant a post-dated cheque for GH¢19,000 to clear on July 14, 2014.

The complainant accepted the cheque in good faith and handed over the vehicle together with the relevant documents covering it to the convict.

Later, the cheque was dishonoured at the Ashiaman branch of the UT Bank where the complainant presented it for payment because there was no such amount in Otoo’s account.

Otoo then took the dud cheque back and promised to pay the said amount but later went into hiding.

The complainant reported the matter to the police and Otoo was located at his hideout and arrested.

From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko, Koforidua    

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