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Rapper remanded for car fraud
The 26-year-old accused person had the intention to steal and sell cars owned by rental companies

Rapper remanded for car fraud

An up-and-coming rapper, Eugene Kyei-Yeboah, also known as Sparrow, has been remanded into police custody by an Adentan Circuit Court for allegedly stealing and forging car documents to defraud buyers.

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The accused, who appeared before the court presided over by Sedinam Awo Balokah last Tuesday, was charged with one count of stealing, two counts of documents forgery and two counts of defrauding.

The prosecutor, Inspector Eric Abban, said the 26-year-old accused person had the intention to steal and sell cars owned by rental companies. As a result, he stole and sold a Toyota Camry and a Toyota Corolla to one Selasi Yevuyibor, the complainant.

 Brief facts

Presenting the facts of the case, Inspector Abban said the accused is a rapper and a professional Software Engineer who resides in Tema, while the complainant, Selasi, is a Mechanic who stays at Kokomlemle, a suburb of Accra.

Inspector Abban said on February 9, 2023, the complainant reported to the police that on January 1, 2023, he bought a Toyota Corolla with registration number GN 4926 – 21 from a car garage at Okponglo, Accra.

The prosecutor stated that the complainant, through one Prosper Hwanompe, paid for the car in cash at GH¢68,000 to the accused.

According to the prosecutor, Eugene then gave a Driver and Vehicle License Authority (DVLA) ‘Form A’ (serial number 0052815) and ‘Form C’ (serial number, 0061870) to the complainant as documents for the change of ownership.

“On February 8, 2023, the complainant again bought another unregistered Toyota Camry from another garage at La-Bawaleshie in Accra for an amount of GH¢50,000. The car is said to have been sold on behalf of the accused. Therefore, the complainant made a partial payment of GH¢35,000 in cash and presented a cheque of GH¢15,000 to the accused. The accused, again, gave a forged customs declaration document to the complainant,” Inspector Abban added.

According to the prosecutor, in February 2023, officers of the Anyaa Police Station, who were following up on a car theft report, tracked and intercepted the first car which was the Toyota Corolla. The prosecutor said this happened while the complainant’s driver was driving the said car.

Inspector Abban said when the complainant got to know of the incident, he drove the second car, which is a Toyota Camry, to the Legon District Police and lodged a complaint, which led to the arrest of the accused.

Inspector Abban added that the accused was then handed over to the Madina District Police for committing a similar offence and later transferred to the Legon District Police for investigations.

The prosecutor said during investigations, the accused, in his caution statement, admitted the offence.

The prosecutor added that further checks at the DVLA showed that the Toyota Camry was already registered with registration number GR 9236-22 in the name of one Mamtey Patience Aku.

Inspector Abban said the accused was later released on police enquiry bail but jumped the bail and went ahead to engage in a similar offence at his hideout until he was arrested by the police on April 26, 2023.

Inspector Abban, therefore, requested that the accused be remanded to assist the police with further investigations.

The case was adjourned by the court to May 11, 2023, for the plea of the accused to be taken and to allow for further investigations.

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