Slippery fraudster grabbed

Accra Circuit Court “11” has remanded into police custody a woman for allegedly defrauding a financial institution in Accra, (name withheld) of GH¢100,000.00.

Madam Karen Adwoa Prempeh claimed she was the proprietress of Karen Height Ventures, and used the company to access loan in 2015, after which she went into hiding.

According to prosecution, checks by the Loans Recovery Officer of the affected financial institution at the Registrar General’s office, to establish the authenticity or otherwise of the company of the accused revealed that the Karen Height Ventures did not exist.

Madam Prempeh, was arrested by the police at a hotel at Gbawe in the Greater Accra Region, last Thursday, upon information that she was planning to travel out of the country.

She has been charged with forgery of document, possessing forged document and defrauding by false pretence, which she pleaded not guilty.

Interestingly, the accused has been described by her victims as “Very slippery”, because of the several names she had bore, including, Doreen Asare, Helena Yorke and Cindy Adu Gyamfi.

The accused, who had been granted bail by the same circuit court on a similar offence, failed to appear when the case was called last week for hearing, only for her defence counsel to tell the judge, Mrs Priscilla Mireku Dapaah, that her client (Madam Prempeh) was on a business trip to China, and would be back in Ghana by August 13, 2017.

This, however, compelled the judge to adjourn the case to August 15, 2017, by which time the accused would have been back, but Mrs Dapaah was surprised to see her (accused) back in the court three days after the adjournment for committing another crime.

And when the judge tried to find out from her the exact day she (accused) returned from her business trip from China, Madam Prempeh could not offer any cogent explanation.

The court, therefore, remanded her in police custody until August 15, 2017.

 

By Castro Zangina-Tong   

 

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