Estate Developer Charged For Fraud

A Real Estate Developer has been dragged before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly defrauding the Akwatia Branch Manager of GN Bank over GH¢2 million.

The accused, Awudi Solomon Selassie is reported to have, with intent to defraud, obtained the consent of the complainant Samuel Kwesi Kyei Darkwah.

According to the prosecution led by ASP Stephen K. Adjei, the accused took GH¢2,095,610.96 under the pretext of using same to process documents at the British Royal Court of Justice to acquire the estate of one deceased Harrison Foster, a representation he knew at the time of making it to be false.

Appearing before Aboagye Tandoh the accused denied the offence and was remanded into police custody.

This was after the court had dismissed an application for bail by the defense lawyers.

This was to enable the prosecution complete its investigation into the matter.

Complainant is the Manager of GN Bank in the Eastern Region whilst the accused claims to be an Estate Developer living at Spintex Accra.

In November, 2016, accused in a Facebook chat with the Branch Manager of GN Bank, Akwatia, introduced himself as a lady and the Chief Auditor and Head of International Remittance of AL Rayan Bank Plc in the United Kingdom.

In the course of the chat, accused proposed to complainant that, her customer one Harrison Forster was shot dead whilst in Tripoli and left behind a fortune without a next-of-kin.

Before he died he had $ 14. 5 million in his account.

That, he convinced complainant, he would give him the account details and also assist him with a solicitor to facilitate the acquisition of the estate of Harrison as his next-of-kin.

Accused succeeded in convincing complainant to part with the said amount under the pretext of using the money to process necessary documentation at British Royal Court of Justice, which will be required to collect the $14.5million.

On 21st April, this year, Solomon who received GH¢200,000 into his Ecobank account visited the bank to clear the money and was arrested to assist investigations.

Police investigation has established that there are other accomplices known to the accused who also received some of the money in their account.

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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson