Trader granted bail for allegedly defrauding businessman

 A trader, who supposedly defrauded a businessman of assorted goods valued at GHS265,000.00, has been granted bail by the Circuit Court, in Accra.

Ms Bella Quarshie Dedei, 42, who was charged with three counts of issuance of dud cheque and defrauding by false pretense, pleaded not guilty.

The court, presided over Mrs Ellen Ofei-Ayeh, admitted accused to GHc300,000.00 bail with three sureties, and ordered that one of the sureties should be justified.

The prosecution was also ordered by the court to file and serve all disclosures and witness statements within 28 days.

The case has been adjourned to September 26, 2022, for Case Management Conference (CMC).

Police Chief Inspector Isaac Anquandah told the Court that the complainant, Mr Sebahottin Reyhan, was a businessman and a resident of Dome, Accra, whilst the accused was a trader and resided at McCarthy Hills, also in Accra.

Prosecution said in 2018, accused demanded and collected assorted commodities, including cooking oil, rice, and milk valued at GHc265,000.00 from the complainant under the pretext of retailing same and pay the money in a week time, but failed.

Chief Insp Anquandah said the complainant persistently demanded for his money to no avail.

Prosecution said in 2019, accused went into hiding, resurfaced, and issued three Guaranty Trust Bank post-dated cheques for GHc50,000.00 each to be cashed by the complainant, but were dishonored.

Chief Insp Anquandah said the complainant became alarmed and subsequently made a complaint to the police.

Investigations revealed that accused had no money in her accounts for the honouring the cheques. -GNA

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