Policeman granted bail for land fraud

An Accra circuit court has granted GH¢100,000.00 bail with three sureties to Police Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Gabriel Teye Nartey, for allegedly defrauding three people under the pretext of securing them land.

The victims are an auditor, an accountant and another Ghanaian living in the United States.

The court directed that one of the sureties should be a public servant, earning not less than GH¢1,000.00. per month, and the accused should also make a security deposit of GH¢15,000.00.

L/Cpl Nartey, stationed at the Dansoman Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), in Accra, pleaded not guilty to fraudulent transaction of land and he is to appear again on June 26.

Chief Inspector Maxwell Oppong told the court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh that the prosecution witnesses, Samuel Lincoln Terkper, auditor, Patrick Amoako, accountant and Aidoo, are residents of Tabora, Agbogba and Dansoman, respectively in the Greater Accra Region.

Chief Insp Oppong said between March and April, 2017, Terpker met L/Cpl Nartey at Adenta and introduced himself as a policeman who deals in land.

Terkper expressed interest, and L/Cpl Nartey sold land to him at GH¢28,000.00.

Amoako was also introduced to L/Cpl Nartey, and later he also bought land at GH¢35,000.00 and made advance payment of GH¢20,000.00, in addition to a Peugeot saloon car valued at GH¢15,000.00 as final payment.

The prosecution said after taking the money, L/Cpl Nartey failed to give the victims documents covering the land, and went into hiding.

Terkper and Amoako visited the said land, but they were shocked to know that the land did not belong to L/Cpl Nartey.

Prosecution said Terkper made checks with the Land Commission, and discovered that the land belonged to Pearl Aku Atiemo, and on May 16, this year, the two reported the case to the Greater Accra Regional Police, and Nartey was arrested.

Aidoo on June 8, upon hearing of Nartey’s arrest, also made a report that the accused, who was member of the church he attends, contacted he Aidoo’s father through Facebook that he was selling a land at GH¢35,000.00 and he showed interest.

The prosecution said GH¢19,000.00 was given to Nartey, through his son, Jimmy, as part payment on March 7, this year, and a receipt was issued to that effect with the promise to pay the rest after the necessary checks on the said land located at Oyarifa has been made.

The prosecution said, Nartey went into hiding after taking the money until his arrest.

Chief Insp Oppong said Nartey admitted the offence in his caution statement, and said that he also bought the land from some people he only named as Eric and Akpor Mensah but could not produce documents. – GNA


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