The Madina Magistrate Court, presided over by Mr Ernest K. A. Adjanor, has sentenced a 28-year-old unemployed man, Dicko Haruna, to 12 months’ imprisonment with hard labour for fraud.
Haruna, a Malian, was sentenced on his own plea of guilty.
The prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Patience Mario, said in July 24, 2013, Haruna met the complainant, Enoch Ndibol, in Accra Central and pretended to have lost his way. He therefore pleaded with him to direct him to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.
On their way to the park, the prosecutor said, Haruna told Ndibol he was into money doubling business and gave his mobile phone number to Ndibol and asked him to call him later for a deal.
DSP Mario said later, Ndibol and a witness in the case met Haruna around the Independence Square in Accra, where he showed them a GH¢1 note and told them it was counterfeit, and that he could change it to real money.
The prosecutor said Haruna then collected GH¢4 in GH¢1 denominations from Ndibol, and added them to his note and poured some liquid on them.
After some time, he gave the money back to Ndibol to check if it was genuine money.
She said when Ndibol told him it was real money, Haruna brought out eight bundles of black paper cut to the size of the local currency notes and then asked Ndibol to bring him $6,000 so that he could change the said black papers into $40,000.
The prosecutor, DSP Mario, said on July 24, 2013, Haruna met Ndibol at East Legon, a suburb of Accra, apparently to collect the $6,000 from him.
According to the prosecutor, Ndibol alerted the police, who waylaid Haruna and arrested him. When Haruna was searched after the arrest, the police found GH¢1 note and eight bundles of black papers cut in the shape and size of cedi notes.
Haruna, DSP Mario said, claimed the items were given to him by a certain man but had refused to mention the name of the person or lead the police to the fellow.
Mr Adjanor also said the black pieces of paper should be set ablaze in public, which has been done accordingly.
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