Driver remanded for defrauding businessman

BY: Joycelyn Kyei-Baffuor

A 31-YEAR-OLD driver has been remanded by an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly defrauding a businessman at Baastona in Accra.

The suspect, Richard Asiedu, pleaded not guilty to the crime and will reappear in court on April 20, this year.

Facts of the case
The Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Samuel Ahiabor, told the court presided over by Mr Prosper Gomashie that in April 2021, Richard informed the complainant, Mr Isaac Odame, that he had a friend who could assist him with documentation to travel to the United States of America. Richard later led Mr Odame to the home of one Daniel Apoh and was asked to pay US $12,000 to facilitate the process of embarking on the trip.

On April, 20, 2021, Isaac made available GH₵57,000, equivalent to US $10,000, to Richard and Daniel, who is now at large.

Later, Richard demanded the remaining US $2,000, which the complainant subsequently paid.
However, after receiving the rest of the money, the two were unable to assist Mr Odame to embark on the trip.

The case was subsequently reported to the Police on April 01, 2022 and the suspect was accordingly arrested and charged with abetment of crime and defrauding by false pretence contrary to sections 20 (1) and 13 (1) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960.

Richard admitted the offence in his caution statement, claiming that he only received only GH₵1,500 from Daniel.

The prosecutor indicated that the police was making frantic efforts to apprehend the second suspect who is currently at large.