Lawyer suspended over GH¢50,000 fraud

The General Legal Council has suspended a lawyer in Kumasi for three years for duping his client to the tune of GH¢50, 000.

Hansen Kodwo Koduah was suspended after he inflated the required filing fee from the statutory GH¢748 to GH¢50,000

A statement signed by the Judicial Secretary and Secretary to the General Legal Council, Mr. Alex Opoku Acheampong, noted that, Lawyer Koduah was formally charged under Rule 9(8) of the Legal Profession Rules, 1969 L.I. 613.

It said while acting as counsel for Mrs. Grace Nana Ama Oparah, he presented to her that she was required to pay a filing fee in the sum of GH¢50,000.00 in the case titled as Mrs. Grace Nana Ama Oparah v National Investment Bank & 2ORS (SUIT No. LMISC 1 /2014) at the High Court, Kumasi.

The statement said the lawyer succeeded in collecting from her the said amount when he knew or ought to have known that the statutory fee was GH¢748.00 to be paid to HFC Bank Ltd at the High Court Registry at Kumasi, but nevertheless failed to pay same to the said bank as practice required.

“During the period of his suspension, Lawyer Koduah will not be allowed to hold himself out as a legal practitioner or render professional legal service to any individual,” it stated.

“The licence of Mr. Hansen Kodwo Koduah to practice for the legal year is hereby withdrawn forthwith” the statement said.

By Times Reporter   

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