A 37-year old Sales Manager who allegedly collected US$12,000 (GHC67,200.00) under the pretext of securing a Canadian passport for a trader but failed has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.
Rodney Ewusie-Moses charged with defrauding by false pretence pleaded not guilty.
He was admitted to bail in the sum of GH¢67,200.00 with four sureties one to be justified.
Ewusie-Moses is expected to reappear on July 21 before the court presided over by Hellen Ayeh for case management conference.
Prosecuting, Detective Sergeant Thomas Sarfo, narrated that the complainant Latopa Farouk is a trader residing at Pig farm in Accra while the accused also resided at Teshie-Nungua.
Detective Sergeant Sarfo said on May 25, last year, Ewusie-Moses informed the complainant that he could secure him a Canadian passport and demanded 12,000 dollars, a cedi equivalent of GH¢67,200.00.
Prosecution said on June 26, same year, the complainant paid 6,000 dollars to the accused and promised to pay the remaining 6,000 dollars in two weeks’ time.
Detective Sergeant Sarfo said five weeks later, Ewusie-Moses sent videos and pictures of the alleged procured Canadian passport with permanent resident card to the complainant.
Prosecution said the complainant became suspicious and confronted the accused who led him to another gentleman at a forex bureau, near Alisa Hotel.
He said the accused then informed the complainant that a gentleman was going to assist him.
Prosecution said the complainant realising that he had been defrauded demanded the refund of his money of which the accused gave out his fiancé’s vehicle, laptop and land documents as collateral assuring the complainant that he would refund the money but he failed.
He said a report was made to the Police and when the accused was arrested he refunded 3,000 dollars and GH¢7,000.00 to the Police and promised to refund the rest later but went into hiding. -GNA