Martin K. Delle, the Chief Executive Officer of DKM Diamond Microfinance Company, has appeared before an Accra circuit court for dishonestly appropriating GH¢40,000.
The accused, who was earlier alleged to be on the run, was purported to have misused the said amount of money belonging to one Kwaku Charles.
Three other accused persons – Monica Afriyie, Nortey Noel, both Directors of God Is Love Fun Club and Charles Asum, Director of JASTAR Motors – believed to have taken various sums of money from several people, had already been hauled before the court.
Before a court presided over by Aboagye Tandoh, Delle denied the charge of fraudulent breach of trust and was remanded into police custody until January 21.
Earlier, Lamti Apanga, lawyer for Delle, had urged the court to grant bail to his client.
He said the police had presented the facts in a way which made his client look as though he worked with the other accused persons in the case.
Mr Apanga explained that the other person in the case operated separately of each other and that the case was purely a civil transaction between individuals.
He accused the prosecution of blatant abuse of the rights of his client, whom he said was arrested two weeks ago but was brought to court only yesterday by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI).
According to him, his client had been published in the media even before he was brought to the court, insisting that the act was in a bad taste.
Prosecuting, DSP Abraham Annor said all the suspects, by the same modus operandi, informed their various clients that when they deposited monies in their various companies they would be given a 50% interest at the end of every three months.
He said based on the promise the complainants deposited various sums of money, adding that at the end of the said three months when the complainants went to their respective companies, they realised that their monies had been locked up, with the whereabouts of the operators unknown.
The court further heard that a report to the BNI led to the arrest of the accused persons.
The police officer disclosed that in the course of investigation, it was revealed that Afriyie and Noel, through the same modus operandi, succeeded in taking deposits from several customers worth GH¢100 million, Asum GH¢20 million and Delle GH¢80 million.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson