Fake Lawyer’s Woes Deepen


fakelawyer - Anthony Anyomi



Anthony Anyomi, the 34-year-old man who posed as a lawyer and has several cases he is handling in the Circuit Courts, was yesterday made to breathe some air of freedom after he was forced to abandon his wedding last week for prison clothes.

However, his woes were far from over when he was accosted after he descended from the courtroom and was nearly assaulted by an unsuspecting client  who claimed he had posed as a  pastor to defraud him and his son to the tune of GH¢6,500.

According to him, his son was in Nsawam doing time for an offence and Anyomi went and posed as a pastor and later as a lawyer who could help inmates get bail and consequently took names and mobile numbers of the relatives of the convicts who wanted to be helped.

According to the said client who did not give his real name, he gave the accused person GH¢6500 to help his son but they never saw him again till he later resurfaced and paid only GH¢2500 after they demanded a refund of their money.

The man said he only saw the suspect’s name in the newspapers that he had been arraigned for posing as a lawyer, hence his decision to be in court to accost him over his false claims.

The suspect was granted bail in an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Mrs Patricia Quansah in the sum of GH¢10,000 with two sureties, one of whom must be a civil servant earning not less than GH¢1,500 as net salary a month.

This was after Sylvester Nyamekye, counsel for the suspect, told the court that the prosecuting team had not concluded investigations and prayed for bail for the suspect, saying that it would not affect the investigations.

Chief Supt Duuti Tuaruka, the prosecuting officer, stated that investigations had not been concluded and that the list of cases being handled by the suspect which the court had ordered for was not ready.

The matter has been adjourned to February 2, 2016.

Facts


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Anyomi was charged with impersonation but he denied the offence while his wedding to a police officer which was to take place last Saturday had to be cancelled.

The facts of the case are that upon information that Anyomi was posing as a lawyer and was handling cases within Accra, the police mounted intelligence on him.

According to Chief Supt Tuaruka, the suspect was arrested on January 5, 2016 while he was representing some unsuspecting persons at an Accra Circuit Court.

He said after the arrest of the accused person, a number of police prosecutors came forward and identified Anyomi as someone who had posed as a lawyer in a number of cases, some of which were still pending at the Circuit Courts in Accra and Ada.

He stated that during interrogation, the suspect admitted he was not a lawyer and noted that the police were still conducting investigations.

Messrs. Sylvester Nyamekye, John Bernard Otto and Seidu Nasigri, counsel for the accused person, had said the suspect was a student whose fiancée  was a police officer, adding that they were about  to wed in less than 24 hours.

They said the offence was bailable and noted that the suspect would not desert his wife because of the case and would assist police in investigations.

According to them, the fiancée of the suspect was also pregnant and was likely to suffer “psychological discomfort and emotional trauma” if the wedding did not come on and prayed the court to allow the suspect to have the wedding as plans were far advanced for the occasion and invitation cards had been sent out.

But Supt Tuaruka said the matter was still under investigation and the suspect would interfere with investigations if granted bail.

By Fidelia Achama


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