Engineer in court for defrauding businesswoman of GH¢58,200

A Telecom Engineer, who allegedly collected GH¢ 58,200.00 from a businesswoman under the pretext of providing her a shop at Okaishie, was granted bail by an Accra circuit court.

The engineer, Archison Armah, 52, who has been charged with defrauding by false pretences, pleaded not guilty, would reappear on May 6.

The court presided by Ms Ruby Aryeetey admitted Armah to GH¢60,000.00 bail with two sureties, one to be justified.

Mr Yaw Dankwah, counsel for Armah, prayed the court to admit his client to bail and that he had people of substance to stand as sureties for him.

According to counsel, Armah would not interfere with police investigations because he (Armah), who was married and had children had so far cooperated with the police, and would not abscond when granted bail.

Chief Inspector Simon Apiorsornu told the court, the complainant was Comfort Asumadu.

Prosecution said in January 2017, Armah collected GH¢ 58,200.00 from complainant under the pretext of renting out a shop at Okaishie to her for six years.

Chief Insp Asumado said after collecting the money, Armah went into hiding and failed to answer the complainant’s phone calls.

The court hard that efforts by the complainant to ensure that Armah refunded her money proved futile.

Chief Insp Asumado Apiorsornu said when Armah was arrested, he admitted the offence in his caution statement, and pleaded with the police to allow him time to refund the money.

Prosecution said on August 17, last year, Armah refunded GH¢20,000.00 to the police, and pleaded for some time to enable him refund the rest, but failed to honour his promise. – GNA

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