Fake Lawyer Remanded For Fraud

HandcuffsA man, who posed as a lawyer and succeeded in collecting GH¢33,120 from three people under the pretex of offering them legal services, has been remanded in custody by the Koforidua Circuit Court.

Eric Selorm Nortsu is facing three counts of defrauding by false pretence, impersonation and fraudulent breach of trust.

He pleaded not guilty, and the court, presided over by Mr. Ebenezer Osei-Darko, remanded him to re-appear on February 20.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Patrick Adzadza said that the complainants are Vera Antwia Mamoo, a nurse based in the United Kingdom, Robert Osei Mensah Boahene, a banker, and Gloria Agyei Boateng while, Nortsu lived at Zongo, a suburb of Koforidua.

In January, 2012, Mamoo gave birth in London and returned to Ghana for her maternity leave with her husband Boahene.

While in Ghana, Mamoo applied for a visa for the baby to enable her to travel back to U.K with the baby but the visa was refused on the grounds that Boahene was not travelling with them resulting in Mamoo losing her job.

In June last year, Mamoo appealed to the British Human Rights Court in London against the decision and won.

As part of the ruling, the court attributed the delay to the failure of the British Embassy in Ghana to forward the necessary documents on time.

Mamoo, thus decided to sue the Embassy for the delay and the loss of her job and contacted the registrar at the Akropong District Magistrate’s Court who recommended Nortsu, as a lawyer, who had been attending the court and winning his cases.

Nortsu later introduced himself to Mamoo as a lawyer and charged her GH¢22,320 to handle the case and also collected the ruling from the UK court.

According to the prosecution, Nortsu also approached Boahene that he was handling a case in a court in Koforidua and that some money had been paid to him but he forgot to take it along to court.

Nortsu requested GH¢10,000 to enable him to tender it in the court promising to return it within two hours.

Boahene gave the money to Nortsu as requested but he failed to return the money; went into hiding and also ignored his calls.

On October 13, 2013, Nortsu suceeded in collecting GH¢800 from Gloria Boateng and promised to offer legal services for her to secure compensation and retrieve her personal and security documents from her former employers, Melcom Company Limited, Ghana.

The prosecution said Nortsu went into hiding after receiving the money from Gloria.

On February 3, 2014, the complainants had a hint that Nortsu had been arrested in a similar case at Koforidua.

The complainants made official complaint to the police and in Nortsu’s caution statement, he admitted having collected those monies.

During investigations, it was established that Nortsu is not a lawyer and he was charged with the offence.  From: Alberta Sarpong, Koforidua

 

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