Court grants businesswoman bail over alleged fraud

An Accra circuit court has granted bail in the sum of GH¢150,000.00 with five sureties to a businesswoman standing trial in an alleged fraud case.

The court directed that two of the sureties must be public servants earning not less than GH¢500.00.

Felicity Konadu Asare, the accused, who was also charged with issuing two false cheques, denied the charges, and would make her next appearance in court on September 5.

Police Chief Inspector Maxwell Oppong told the court presided by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh that Mr Richard Awuah, the prosecution witness, is also a businessman and resides at Akoto Lante in the Greater Accra Region and Felicity lives at Dansoman, a suburb of Accra.

The court heard that in February this year, Awuah entrusted 8,000 boxes of Vega Cream biscuits, worth GH¢147,744.00 to accused.

Prosecution said Felicity issued cheques on two occasions with the face values GH¢96,000.00 and GH¢25,000.00 respectively, but they were dishonoured.

Chief Insp Oppong said accused took the rejected cheques and promised to pay the money, but he failed to fulfil her promise.

A formal report was subsequently made to the police for her arrest, but she went into hiding, but she was traced to Kumasi after two months of search.

Her counsel in pleading for bail said, the goods were still in stock and that the woman came to court on her own volition as she was on police enquiry bail.

She also had men of substance to standing surety for her, the lawyer said. – GNA

 

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