Police hunt Canadian for duping Ghanaian businessman

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has mounted an intensive search for a Canadian resident in Dubai for allegedly duping a Ghanaian businessman of $4 million dollars on the pretext of supplying the businessman with gold.


The suspect, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of M.A Resources Limited in Accra, Alistair Jude Mathias, was arrested in June this year by the Commercial Crime Unit (CCRU) of the CID but was granted bail with two sureties, while investigations continued.


Jumping bail

The suspect was asked to keep reporting to the police but he jumped bail and returned to Dubai. Later, he was said to have called to explain that a civil case against him in Dubai was also pending and he needed to go there to answer the charges.

He promised to return to Ghana within a week but failed to do so and all efforts by the police to arrest him have so far proven futile.


Two sureties

According to the Director of CCRU, Superintendent Felix Mawusi, the police had enforced the bond on the two sureties,  Mustapha Ghande and Joel Nettey, and they would be put before court to produce the suspect.

He said the Ghanaian businessman reported the case to the police on June 20, 2014, and the police managed to arrest the suspect on June 24, 2014. 

However, in order for the police to comply with the 48 hours stipulated time for suspects to be charged, they granted Mathia’s bail with two sureties to assist in investigations, but he absconded. 

Supt Mawusi said the police would follow due process to ensure that justice was done in the case.



Narrating his ordeal to the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday, the businessman, whose name has been withheld for security reasons, said he met Alistair, holder of a Canadian passport with number BA 725745, and resident in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), about three years ago.

He said the suspect came to Ghana and bought a concession in the Eastern Region to mine gold and later registered the M.A Resources Limited in Ghana and did everything possible to win his trust.

Before meeting the Canadian, the businessman had already established a branch of his business in Dubai, which was doing well. After few negotiations, it was agreed that Alistair would act as an agent, clearing and forwarding all gold shipments to the refinery in Dubai.

Receipts of proceeds from the sale of the gold are to be subsequently transferred to the businessman’s company in Ghana.

From the beginning, everything was running smoothly until December 2013 and early March 2014 when the first large shipment of gold worth $4 million was made. Alistair was to repatriate the money to Ghana but he refused to do so.


Further checks

Following checks with the refinery in Dubai the Ghanaian businessman discovered that all proceeds from the sale of the gold had been duly paid to the suspect but had failed to send them to Ghana.

When quizzed about the proceeds from the sale, which amounted to $4 million, the suspect claimed he had deposited the money in his personal accounts at the Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai, but checks at the bank showed that no such amount had been deposited in the said account.


Report to police

According to the businessman, at that stage, he realised that the suspect was out to dupe him so on his return from Dubai, he reported the case to the Ghana Police and when Alistair also arrived in Ghana, he was subsequently arrested by the police.

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