Trader remanded in connection with alleged visa  fraud

The Circuit Court in Accra has remanded a trader, who allegedly defrauded two persons under the pretext of securing them European visas.

Isaac Asare, who denied taking GH¢33,000.00 from Sedro Esinam Vanesa and Celestine Kpetsigo, to secure them Albania visas, would reappear before court on May 16, 2022.

Police Inspector Wisdom Alorwu told the court that the complainants, Vanesa and Celestine, were hair stylists, residing at Abelemkpe whilst accused, Asare, was a resident of Ablekuma Curve, all suburbs of Accra.

The court heard that in June 2021, the complainants contacted accused, who offered to assist them acquire Albania visas at the cost of GH¢50,000.00 each.

InspAlorwusaid complainants made part payment for the process after which their visas would be ready in a month, and the remainder of amount paid later.

He said accused collected GH¢22,800.00 and GH¢10,200.00 from Vanessa and Celestine, adding that accused after collecting the money, failed to fulfil their promise and went into hiding.

InspAlorwu said on February 07, 2022, a complaint was lodged at the police and accused, who was involved in a similar case, and kept on remand at the Accra Central Police Station, was identified by the complainants.

He was re-arrested to assist in investigations where he admitted the offence in his cautioned statement and mentioned Isaac Asante as an accomplice.

InspAlorwuwas arraigned and efforts are underway to apprehend Asante to assist in investigation. – GNA

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