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Man granted GH₵ 100,000 bail for defrauding small-scale miner

BY: Joycelyn Kyei-Baffuor

A 54-year-old unemployed man who allegedly collected GH₵ 62,000 from a small-scale miner under the pretext of securing him an auctioned excavator has been granted a GH₵ 100,000 bail with three sureties by an Accra Circuit Court.

Gameli Kofi Tetteh aka Dickson, was charged with defrauding by false pretences and conspiracy to commit a crime, pleaded not guilty to the crime.

The court, presided by Mrs Ellen Ofei-Ayeh, ordered that the three sureties should be gainfully employed and also deposit copies of their voter’s ID card at the court’s registry.

Background
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Isaac Anquandah told the court the complainant, Mr Rocky Yahaya was a small-scale miner and a farmer residing at Dunkwa –on – Offin in the Central Region.

 In July 2016, Tetteh and his accomplice, Isaac Kumordzi posed as auctioneers and approached Mr Yahaya. The two convinced him they could help get him an auctioned excavator.

They informed the complainant that they had obtained a chit from the Presidency for some auctioned excavators and vehicles.
C/Inspector Anquandah said they informed Mr Yahaya that the cost of the excavator was  GH₵ 120,000 and asked him to make part payment of GH₵ 62,000 to enable them to move it from the port.

Tetteh and Kumordzi subsequently told him he would pay the remaining GH₵ 58,000 after they had moved it from the port.
However, after paying the GH₵ 62,000, the two failed to honour their part of the agreement.

The prosecution said Tetteh was arrested on July 18, 2017 at Abelemkpe in Accra and claimed he only received GH₵ 15,000 from Mr Yahaya and handed same to Kumordzi.

He told the police Kumordzi informed him he had links at the Presidency and could get him auctioned excavators and vehicles but was unable to lead them to his residence.

The prosecution said Tetteh was admitted to a police enquiry bail to assist in investigations but went into hiding afterwards.
On April 12, this year, police intelligence led to his arrest at Tuba Junction in Accra where he was offering a house for sale.

The prosecution told the court the police are making frantic efforts to arrest Kumordzi, who is currently at large.
The case has been adjourned to August 30, 2022 for a case management conference.