The Asamankese District Magistrate Court has sentenced a 35-year-old electrician to two years’ imprisonment for defrauding by false pretences.
The convict, Ofosu Agyei, pleaded guilty when charged on five counts and the court, presided over by Charles Wiafe, convicted him on his own plea. He was ordered to pay back an amount of GH¢1,650 to the victims.
Chief Inspector Samuel Tetteh, presenting the facts to the court, said in December 2015, Ofosu Agyei introduced himself as a staff of the Asamankese branch of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to some residents of Osenase namely, Oduro Moses, Emmanuel Gyan, Seth Pobi, Joseph Asiamah and Saviour Ametepe and collected a total amount of GH¢1,650.00 (ie: GH¢570.00, GH¢260.00, GH¢250.00, GH¢430.00 and GH¢140.00) respectively under the pretext of supplying them with electricity meters; but it turned out to be scam.
The prosecutor added that several attempts by the complainants to contact the convict proved futile after which a report was lodged to the Asamankese ECG and the Osenase police for investigation.
Upon further probing, the police retrieved two electricity meters from Ofosu Agyei and confessed committing the crime. He was arrested and sent to court after investigations had been completed.
BY Daniel Bampoe