A Tamale-based radio presenter, Nuhu Abu Hassan, popularly known as DJ Maestro, has allegedly duped a member of the Federal Council of Germany, Hans Dieter Heirrich, through the internet, after the legislator expressed interest in investing in Northern Ghana.
The Zaa Radio presenter, who was arrested and later granted bail, was alleged to have defrauded his victim to the tune of $17,000, claiming it was meant for building a house at Sagnarigu, a suburb of the Tamale Metropolis.
The police in Tamale after the complaint, charged the suspect, who was recently nominated for Hiplife Disc Jockey of the Year in the region, for stealing and defrauding by false pretences.
Counsel for the complainant, Mr Sulley Sambian, also confirmed to DAILY GUIDE that he was acting upon an instruction received from his client to file a civil suit at the Tamale Commercial Court for the purpose of retrieving the money.
According to the facts of the case, the accused and his victim met through the internet nine months ago and struck an acquaintance.
The German legislator later expressed interest in owning a house in Tamale and asked if his new-found friend could be of assistance, and the radio presenter obliged.
The fake site plan
The German MP then asked Nuhu Abu Hassan to find out the quotations for him to wire the money for the purpose of building a befitting house for him, but the suspect took fake drawings and emailed to him.
The cash was subsequently sent and after some months, he sent the German MP pictures of a house that rather belonged to his neighbours.
Unknown to him, the German paid a surprise visit to Ghana and dashed to the North only to realise that he had been duped, since there was no house as claimed by the radio presenter.
A complaint was therefore lodged with the police leading to the presenter’s arrest.
In his caution statement, he admitted the offence but claimed his victim was a gay partner and the money was meant as compensation for their gay activities.
He tendered some nude pictures of himself to back his claim, disclosing that part of the money was used in purchasing a Nissan Almera for GH¢16,000 and pleaded with the police to give him time to refund the money.
He also admitted sending the MP the fake building plans and drawings all in a bid to defraud the German who had left the country and given a power of attorney to one Moses Azaare to ensure the prosecution of the case.
Counsel for the complainant expressed worry over the way miscreants were driving away potential investors to the country through such schemes.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale
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