Suspect in fraud case remanded

Hajia Ayishetu,the suspect jpHajia Ayishetu Adamu, the woman who allegedly de-frauded 7,000 people of GH¢800,000, was remanded in prison custody by an Accra Circuit Court yesterday.

She will appear again on February 4.

Hajia Adamu is standing trial for alleged fraudulent breach of trust, which she has pleaded not guilty to.

The suspect, who is the manageress of the Gye Nyame Fun Club, a financial co-operative society, is said to have duped her victims under the pretext of rewarding them with mouth-watering packages of GH¢5,000 cash, saloon cars, building materials, furniture, flat screen television sets, and digital video decks, among others.

The prosecution, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Moses Atibillah, prayed the court to defer taking the plea of the accused, to enable the police to present all the complaints on one charge sheet.

He argued that more people were lodging complaints against the accused and it would be appropriate if the prosecution was given enough time to amend the charge sheet, before arraigning her before court.

He therefore, sought a court order to keep the accused in police custody, to enable the police undertake further investigations, adding that preparing different charge sheets for the various complainants would waste the court’s time.

The Presiding Judge, Mr. Yaw Attah Sampong, however, held that the prosecution could proceed, without waiting for other complainants.

Counsel for the accused, Mr. Seidu Nasigri, told the court that his client paid the complainants every two weeks, and charged each of them GH¢2 as administrative cost, and that she did not operate a bank account for the monies she collected from her clients.

A bail application by Mr. Nasigri for the accused was refused.

Objecting to the application, ACP Atibillah said Hajia Adamu could interfere with the investigations.

The facts of the case, according to the prosecution, were that the complainants reside in the Greater Accra, Eastern, Ashanti and Volta regions, while Hajia Adamu resides at Aboabo No.1, in Kumasi.

It said some time in June, 2013, she moved to Amasaman and established the Gye Nyame Fun Club.

She invited people to join the club and make monthly contributions for six months, after which they would qualify for special packages.

The prosecution said Hajia Adamu, after collecting monies from interested people, went into hiding and all efforts to trace her proved futile. The police, acting upon a tip-off later, arrested her at a hide-out in Kumasi.

Further investigations revealed that she was involved in similar fraudulent practices, some time past.

By Malik Sullemana           

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