The Jasikan Circuit Court has sentenced a 46-year-old farmer, Mohammed Salisu, to five years imprisonment in hard labour, for defrauding a teacher under the pretence of offering employment opportunities.
Salisu pleaded guilty with explanation, but he was convicted by the court presided over by Mr Alfred Kwabena Asiedu.
Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Seth Vincent Kpodo, told the court that the complainant was a 47-year-old teacher (name withheld) residing in Bimbilla in the Nanumba North Municipality.
The prosecution said that Salisu informed the complainant that he (Salisu) had a good working relationship with the Jasikan Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) and other government officials, tasked to employ people into the civil service.
ASP Kpodo said Salisu convinced the complainant that the MCE gave him (convict) employment slots to be utilised.
The prosecution said the complainant informed the Chief of Bimbilla about the slots, and the chief selected two persons for employment slots at the Electoral Commission.
ASP Kpodo said another person was selected for a slot at the Ghana National Fire Service.
The court heard that Salisu charged GH¢9,000 for the three slots and the money and copies of the victims’ certificates were electronically sent to the convict.
ASP Kpodo said Salisu was arrested when the MCE reported the case to the police. – GNA