Man defrauds hotel of GH¢0.3m

EDWARD DONKORA 27-year-old unemployed man, has been remanded in police custody by the New Abirem Magistrate Court for allegedly defrauding the management of a popular Hotel (name withheld) of GH¢300,000 at New Abirem, in the Eastern Region.

Edward Donkor, is said to have posed as the Country Representative of the North American Drilling Corporation and lodged at the hotel for six months.

He is also said to have rented three cars for his rounds, at the hotel, besides renting rooms for two of his accomplices, for the same period.

All these amounted to GH¢300,000 and he bolted when pressed to settle the bill.

The police, after his arrest, charged him with fraud and arraigned him before the court, presided over by Mr. Issah Iddrisu who remanded him till March 16.

The New Abirem District Police Commander, DSP Seth Yirenkyi, who briefed The Ghanaian Times, said on September 13, 2014, the suspect, posing as the Country Representative of the said drilling company, booked for accomdation at the hotel.

Thereafter, he rented three cars for his rounds and  two rooms for two others he claimed were his workers. The three were also provided food by the hotel.

DSP Yirenkyi said anytime the management of the hotel demanded that he paid for their services, suspect assured that his boss, a whiteman, and others would be setting up a branch of the company in the area; so he was waiting for them to come and pay his expenses.

After being pressed many times, he called a certain white man on phone and asked the manager to speak to him and he confirmed that he was their representative and that they would come and settle the bill.

After six months, the management of the hotel could no longer tolerate him and forcibly demanded that he paid the amount but he bolted and went into hiding leaving behind his laptop and bag.

DSP Yirenkyi said on March 1, 2015, he sent someone to the hotel to collect his laptop and bag.

The police who had been tipped of the development, trailed the person and arrested Donkor at Akim Afosu, near New Abirem.

Asked by the police of his two accomplices, he alleged that they lived in Accra and Tema but could not tell exactly where they were.

According to Mr. Yienkyi, suspect admitted the offence in his caution statement.

Further investigations had established that he left the hotel and lodge at another one.

The District Commander said the management of the other hotel had also loged a complaint against him.

From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko, Koforidua

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