An Accra Circuit Court has convicted a driver, Adam Nyagsim,42, for defrauding by false pretense.
He was convicted on his own plea and remanded into prison custody.
The court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh deferred the sentencing to June 1, 2022.
Police Inspector Eric Pobee told the Court that the complainant was an unemployed and resided at Ashaiman while the accused resided at Elubo.
Prosecution said on September 21, 2021, the complainant formed a WhatsApp group by name “Organisation of Islamic Education” to educate the youth on the teachings of Islam.
Inspector Pobee said Mr Nyagsim joined the Group and informed the members that he had a link with a mining company based in Sweden and had permission from the company to recruit people from Ghana to work at the mines.
Prosecution said Mr Nyagsim charged GHc7,000.00 as processing fee and that the interested person would pay GHc3,500.00 while working at the mines.
Insp Pobee said 32 expressed interest, and the complainant received GHc112,150.00 from the interested persons and sent same to Mr Nyagsim on MTN mobile money number as provided by Mr Nyagsim.
The court heard that after collecting the money, Mr Nyagsim asked the complainant to organise the members to meet him at the Ako Adjei Interchange in Accra.
Insp Pobee said Mr Nyagsim failed to turn up but went to hide himself.
Prosecution said on May 16, 2022, Mr Nyagsim was arrested and handed over to the police and during investigation, he (Mr Nyagsim) admitted the offence and mentioned Frank as his accomplice, but failed to lead the police to Frank. –