Trader in court for fraud

law-and-justiceNii Okai Reindolf, a trader, on Tuesday appeared before an Accra circuit court for conspiring to defraud and defrauding by false pretence.

Nii Okai pleaded not guilty to the charges and the court, presided over by Madam Ellen Amoah, admitted him to a bail in the sum of GHc30,000.00 with one surety to reappear on December 2.

Police Chief Inspector Patrick Hanson said the complainant, Flt. LT. Ibrahim A. Eliasu, is an Air Force Officer based in Tamale, while the accused person is a trader residing at Haatso.

He said on August 14, 2012, one Adams called the complainant on his cell phone and introduced himself as an engineer from Tullow Oil Limited and that their company was in need of oil drilling rigs.

Chief Inspector Hanson said Adams told the complainant that he had arranged with the management for the complainant to supply the oil drilling rigs to a consultant by name Dr Smith.

He said Adams linked the complainant to a certain Agnes, who allegedly works in a company that deals in oil drilling rigs, for the supply of the items, after which Dr Smith called the complainant to assure him that Tullow Ltd was in dire need of the rigs.

The prosecution told the court that the said Agnes called the complainant and told him that the accused was their accountant and that the complainant should pay for the oil drilling rigs he needed into the accused person’s account.

He said Agnes then forwarded a text message to the accused person containing an account number of Ecobank, Haatso branch.

Chief Inspector Hanson said between August 14 and 17, 2012, the complainant paid GHc20,500.00 into the accused person’s bank account.

After the complainant paid the money, Adams, Dr Smith, and Agnes no longer picked calls from the complainant, and so he reported the matter to the police and the accused person’s account was frozen.

The prosecution said on August 20, 2013, the accused person was arrested by the Homicide Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department for similar offence and he was handed over to the Commercial Crime Unit.

During interrogation, he admitted the withdrawal of GHc20,500.00 from the Ecobank account in August 2012.

According to the accused person, he handed over the money to one Kelechi and Michael, both Nigerians, who fake their names as Adams, Dr Smith and Agnes and that they were nowhere to be found.

Source: GNA

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