Four remanded for defrauding by false pretences

By Hafsa Obeng, GNA

Accra, Aug. 16, GNA
– Four persons were on Tuesday remanded by an Accra Circuit court for
defrauding one Nizar Naji Mohhammed Alassaf of $325,000.

 Mark Kojo Corny, Aikins Ameho, Richard Obeng
Osei and Koffi Amehuon, were said to have conspired and defrauded the
complainant of the amount with the pretence of supplying him with 13 kilos of

They pleaded not
guilty to the charges.

Counsel for the
accused persons, Assistant Commissioner of Police K. K Amah (Rtd), prayed the
court to grant the accused persons bail since the facts presented by the
prosecution did not represent what happened.

He said the accused
persons have been in custody for the past four days and prayed the court to
grant them bail, saying they would always appear for trial and would not
interfere with the investigations of the prosecution.

The prosecution was
however opposed to the bail application.

The court therefore
remanded the accused persons to reappear on August 30 for determination of the
bail application.

Prosecuting Police
Chief Superintendent Duuti Tuaruka told the court that the complainant, Nizar
is the General Manager of Comextex Group of Companies based in Dubai, while
Mark is Unemployed, Aikins isa Computer Technician, Richard is a Consultant and
Koffi is a small scale miner.

He said two other
accomplices, Emmanuel Kwesi Dotse and Samuel Kofi Grant Kontoh now at large are
both businessmen, and are residents of Haatso, except Koffi, who lives at
Omanjor Sowutuom.

He said in June,
Emmanuel and Samuel were introduced to the complainant by one Mr Dardi who is
based in Dubai as Small Scale Miner, where they told the complainant that they
had some gold they were selling and he expressed interest in buying it.

The prosecution
said on June 28, the complainant travelled to Ghana and he met Emmanuel and
Samuel on June 29.

They took him to
Italtec Ghana Limited where he met Mark and together they showed him a metallic
box which they claimed contained 11 bars of gold.

He said Emmanuel
also had in his hand two bars of metals coated yellowish which they all claimed
were part of the 11 bars of gold in the metallic box. An assay was done on the
two coated metals and the assayer said it was genuine gold.

Police Chief
Superintendent Tuaruka said the complainant was asked by the assayer to go to
the accountant who was in another office and pay for the cost of the assay

He told the court
that, unknown to the complainants the three had swapped the gold which was
assayed with some coated yellowish metals and kept them in a locked metallic
box and gave same to the complainant.

They took the
complainant back to his hotel, Fiesta Royale, where he paid the cash to them.
Samuel told the complainant to wait while they deposited the money at the bank
and return.

Police Chief
Superintendent Tuaruka said after several hours the accused persons were not
returning, and they were not responding to the calls and messages sent to them
by the complainant.

He said the
complainant became suspicious and when he broke the safety box to check the
content, he disclosed he had been duped and the contents.

He said the
complainant pretended everything was alright and left for Dubai. Soon after he
left, Mark and Koffi contacted him again with a different phone number and told
him they had some gold and if he interested in buying it. He feigned interest
and alerted the police.

Police Chief
Superintendent Tuaruka said on August 11, the complainant arrived in Ghana and
on August 12, he met Mark, Aikins, Richard and Koffi at Golden Tulip Hotel
where he was lodging.

He told the court
that after a brief meeting the parties agreed to meet at Italtec Ghana Limited
for an assay to be done on the gold.

The prosecution said
the police immediately proceeded to the scene, where the accused persons
together with the complainant were meeting and they were arrested.

A search conducted
on them revealed a similar safety box which was used in duping the complainant
and two yellowish metallic substances, which Richard claimed was genuine gold
which belongs to him.

He said the
metallic box contained undisclosed number of coated yellowish metal which they
were to present to the complainant as they did in the first instance.

A further search on
their mobile phones revealed pictures of objects which they claimed to be gold
they had sent to the complainant and other unsuspecting victims.


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