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Police officer defrauded of $15,000

Police officer defrauded of $15,000

An Accra Circuit Court has remanded into police custody a trader, Jeffery Owusu who allegedly defrauded a police officer of $15,000.

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The accused person pleaded not guilty in court last Tuesday presided over by Halimah El-Alawa Abdul Baasit and he is to reappear on April 28, 2023

The case as recounted in court by the prosecution, led by Chief Inspector John Gohoho was that, the police officer had put his generator plant, a Caterpillar D343, valued at $15,000 on sale and that the accused claimed he had a client who wanted to purchase it. 

“The accused, Owusu, then asked the police officer to allow him to show the generator to the said client for inspection and the officer agreed.  However, the accused never returned with the generator or account for its sale”, the prosecutor added.  
 
Brief fact
 Chief Inspector (C/Insp.) Gohoho said the complainant was stationed at the Police Headquarters in Accra while the accused, Owusu, is a trader and lives at Sapeiman, a suburb of Accra. 

The prosecutor said in July 2016, the complainant put the said generator plant on sale and was later introduced to the accused person.

According to the prosecutor, on February, 20, 2017, a case was made at the police station when the accused failed to return or account for the said machine, but rather went into hiding. 

C/Insp. Gohoho said the accused person was then arrested and at the police station, he admitted to the offence and pleaded with the police that he would return the generator or the money to the complainant. 

“The accused was then released on police enquiry bail but escaped and immediately, efforts went underway to trace him,” the prosecutor added. 

C/Insp. Gohoho said when the search for the accused person yielded no results, a forfeiture bond was served on the surety of the accused to provide the accused.

The prosecutor added that on March, 27, 2023, a similar case was made against the accused person which finally led to his arrest. 

The prosecutor said during interrogation, Owusu said he sold the said generator plant to one Alhaji Dramani Wayo in Kumasi and led the police to Kumasi to arrest the said Alhaji Dramani Wayo.   

After investigation, the accused person was charged with the offence and put before court.

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