Trader remanded for alleged fraud

Kalu Collins Ottan, a trader, has been remanded in custody by the Accra Circuit Court yesterday, for allegedly defrauding an American of $5,000 under the pretext of selling him quantities of gold.

The accused, who pleaded not guilty to defrauding by false pretences, would appear again on February 16.

Ottan allegedly paraded as Don Schmidit and told Danry Solie, the complainant that the Director of Ghana Airport Company was selling 10 kilos of gold.

Prosecuting, Inspector Emmanuel Haligah told the court presided by Mrs. Harriet Jane Akweley Quaye that in November 2017, Solie had a call from Schimit to the effect that some quantities of gold was on sale.

Following the telephone conversation, the complainant and his accomplice, currently at large sent the American pictures of the gold as well as pictures of the Director of Ghana Airport Company by mail.

Insp. Haligah said the American subsequently sent $5,000 to the accused through Moneygram.

The court heard that Ottan, in January 2018, demanded for additional $3,000 to transport the gold to Solie.

He said the complainant became suspicious of the deal and later found out upon arrival at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) that the Director of Ghana Airport Company had nothing to do with the alleged gold business.

Thereafter, he said, Solie reported the case to the KIA Police and arranged for Ottan to meet him at Marina Mall and collect the $3,000 the accused demanded.

Insp. Haligah said the accused took to his heels when he saw police officers at the mall but luck ran out for him as he was arrested.

The accused then told the police he was sent by one Opoku, however, a search carried out in his room at Tantra Hill, Accra revealed a yellow fever card bearing Kalu Collins Ottan, used to withdraw the cash at Moneygram.

He said the accused admitted the offence in his caution statement.

 

By Malik Sullemana   

 

 

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