The Tarkwa circuit court on Friday remanded a 52-year-old businessman, Howard William Amekudzi, into prison custody for allegedly defrauding by false pretense.
He pleaded not guilty and will re-appear on March 27, 2015.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah told the court presided over by Mr. Justice Obeng Asante, that the complainant, Madam Paulina Darko Budu, is a business woman who resides at Kwabadu, a suburb of Tarkwa in the Western Region.
He said in March 2013, the accused, who stays at Adakope near Takoradi, went and collected ten pieces of 42-inch flat screen television sets, one deep freezer, two table top fridges, one 32-inch flat screen television set estimated at GH¢22,600 from the complainant and said he was going to sell the items to a woman in Takoradi.
Chief Inspector Amponsah said after selling them, the accused collected the porceeds but he failed to send them to the complainant as already arranged.
He said the complainant reported the matter to the police and the accused was arrested for questioning.
Chief Inspector Amponsah said William Amekudzi told the police that he was defrauded by his own uncle, one Paul Ahlidza and a staff of Ecobank at the Tema Community One branch when he went to transfer the complainant’s money into her account.
He said the accused also claimed that he had reported the incident to the Tema Community One police and it was under investigation.
The police officer said William Amekudzi told the police that he had already made part payment of GH¢7,000 to the complainant and he was left with a balance of GH¢15,600 to complete the payment.
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