An unemployed man and self-styled visa contractor has fallen foul of the law after he allegedly defrauded two persons to the tune of GH¢11,400 under the pretext of securing them Ghanaian passports together with Turkish visa.
Ernest Agyemang, the accused, was put in an Accra circuit court presided over by Afia Agbaney Kudamor and charged with defrauding by false pretences, but he pleaded not guilty to the offence.
He has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢12,000 with one surety; and asked to make a security deposit of GH¢3,000 with the court registry as the case has been adjourned to February 10, 2016.
The facts of the case as presented by Chief Inspector Georgina Agbodoka are that the complainants in this case are Anthony Afriyie and Collins Yeboah while the accused person is unemployed and resident of Mataheko, a suburb of Accra.
According to her, in April 2014, a man by name Alhassan who is now domiciled in Turkey, contacted Afriyie, gave him an invitation to travel to Turkey and asked him (Afriyie) to contact Ernest Agyemang to assist him to acquire a visa.
She said the said Alhassan gave the contact number of the accused to his friend (Afriyie) and Ernest Agyemang was then contacted and he in turn asked Afriyie to meet him at the passport office near the old Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In addition, Chief Inspector Agbodoka said Afriyie then informed the second complainant, Yeboah, who expressed interest in the deal and consequently followed him to meet Agyemang.
Furthermore, the police officer stated that the accused met the complainants and collected GH¢5,500 and GH¢5,900 from them and promised to get them Ghanaian passports, Turkish visa and plane tickets for Turkey.
The prosecutor averred that Agyemang promised to call them after the whole processes were over but he never did so and all efforts to get in touch with him failed so a report was made to the police.
The prosecutor said that Agyemang was arrested and in his caution statement admitted the offence and pleaded for some time to refund the moneys and again went into hiding.
She said he was re-arrested on December 9, 2015 at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and arraigned.
BY Fidelia Achama