Businessman granted bail for defrauding accountant of GH¢35,000.00

An Accra circuit court has granted bail in the sum of GH¢50,000.00 with two sureties both of whom should be gainfully employed, to a businessman, Adam Alifa, who allegedly took GH¢35,000.00 from an accountant under the pretext of securing him a Canadian visa.


Alifa, who pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and defrauding by false pretences, would reappear in court on January 7, 2019.


However, Joseph Appiah Lamptey, an accomplice was not in court.


Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) George Amegah told the court presided by Mrs Harriett Jane Akweley Quaye that Thomas Kusi, is a resident of Kumasi while Alifa and Lamptey lived in Accra.


Prosecution said in October 2017, Kusi, the prosecution witness, was introduced to Alifa as someone who could help him secure a Canadian visa.


DSP Amegah said Alifa led Kusi to Lamptey and they agreed on GH¢35,000.00 as the fee for processing the victim’s travel documents.


The court heard that Kusi made part payment of GH¢20,000.00 to Alifa, who handed the money to Lamptey, and later paid another GH¢15,000.00 through a bank account, they gave him.


DSP Amegah said after taking the money, the two went into hiding until Alifa was arrested by the police.


He said Lamptey, who was also arrested later, said he received GH¢15,000.00 out of the amount, and Alifa has paid GH¢7,000.00 and after investigation, he was charged.- GNA

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