CPP candidate remanded for attempted fraud

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Samia Nkrumah, CPP National Chairman

The Agona Swedru Circuit Court has remanded in custody the Agona West parliamentary candidate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in the 2012 general election for allegedly attempting to defraud the Assin South District Chief Executive (DCE), Ms Sabina Appiah Kubi.

The plea of George Ampiah Biney was not taken and he is to reappear on June 10, 2013.

Prosecuting, Police Inspector Opoku-Mensah told the court, presided over by Mr Nathaniel E. K. Osam, that the accused managed to obtain the telephone number of the DCE and had a series of conversations with her, during which he introduced himself as a worker at the office of the Interior Minister, Mr Kwesi Ahwoi.

According to the prosecutor, Biney convinced the DCE that he could lobby for her to be re-nominated as the DCE for Assin South in the Central Region.

Inspector Opoku-Mensah said the accused proposed to the DCE that GH¢15,000 would be needed for the necessary arrangements for her to be re-nominated.

He said the DCE, who became interested in the arrangement, first agreed to meet the accused at the Apam Junction upon his request for the money, but changed the venue to the Winneba Junction, which Biney obliged.

The prosecutor said on May 22, this year, the DCE gave GH¢12,000 to Biney at the Winneba-Junction as planned, but he insisted that the DCE should add the remaining GH¢3,000.

Inspector Opoku-Mensah said after persistent persuasion by Biney, the DCE asked the accused to accompany her to a friend’s house to collect the rest of the money, to which he agreed.

He said the accused, sensing danger, jumped from the DCE’s moving vehicle and attempted to escape, but was arrested by some people around upon the DCE’s shouts.

He said the accused was later handed over to the Winneba Police. 

Source: GNA