Man Detained For Defrauding MP

A self-styled businessman who defrauded the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayensuano Constituency, Benjamin Kofi Ayeh was yesterday remanded in custody by an Accra Circuit Court.

Stephen Amoah Marfo, a resident of Dome, allegedly collected GH¢600,000 from Mr. Ayeh in August 2012, under the pretext of using the money to facilitate the documentation and transfer of $25 million which was lodged in his account in New York.

Marfo alleged that he used the said amount to expand his business and promised to return the money within two weeks but failed to do so.

He pleaded guilty on two counts of defrauding by false pretences and issuance of false cheque and pleaded not guilty to a charge of processing forged documents.

The court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri deferred the sentence and remanded Marfo till February 17, 2014.

The court heard that the accused after collecting the money went into hiding and the  MP traced him to his hide out where (Marfo) issued a Zenith Bank Cheque No.000157 dated September 7 2012, with a face value of GH¢600,000  to  be withdrawn by Mr. Ayeh .

According to the prosecutor, Chief Superintendent of Police, Tuaruka Duuti, the cheque was dishonoured due to lack of funds when the MP presented it to the bank and since then Marfo had vacated his place of abode and also failed to return the money as he promised.

The prosecutor said investigations revealed that Marfo used a forged letter claiming to have originated from the Financial Crime Enforcement Network, in New York – USA dated August 12, 2012 to convince the MP, but it was confirmed later that it was forged when the letter was verified. By Linda Aryeetey


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