Self-acclaimed legal consultant on bail for defrauding family

By Gifty Amofa, GNA 

Accra, Feb. 17, GNA – An Accra Circuit Court
has granted a GH¢150,000.00 bail to a self-acclaimed legal consultant for
allegedly appropriated GH¢335,000.00 vested in him as a trustee by his family.

The court ordered that he gets two sureties
to be justified, one of whom must be a public servant earning not less than
GH¢2,500.00.

Augustus Dowuona pleaded not guilty to
stealing and defrauding by false pretense and will make his next appearance on
March 26.

Police Chief Inspector Gulliver Kwabena
Tenkorang told the Court presided over by Mrs Afia Owusua Appiah, that Mr
Ebenezer Philip Quartey, the complainant is a pensioner and a resident of
Tema-Community Two, in the Greater Accra Region.

He said the accused also lives at Dansoman
in Accra.

The Prosecution said the complainant is the
head of the Tetteh Ngwah Buam Family of Akuse, of which the accused is a
member.

He said about two years ago, one Captain
Moses Tetteh, an investor and a witness in the case, approached the family to
lease its land located at Akuse, which he intended to use as golf field.

Chief Inspector Tenkorang said there was an
agreement between him and the family that part of the 78 acres of land, would
be leased to him at GH¢1,560,000.00.

Captain Tetteh agreed to make an initial
part payment of GH¢400,000.00 but the family’s bank account was dormant at the
time, so the complainant, who was introduced to the Captain by the accused,
suggested to the family members that the money could be paid into his account.

He said on May 12, 2017, the complainant,
together with the buyer went to the Dansoman branch of the Stanbic Bank and
paid the money into the accused’s account.

The Prosecution said the accused on February
2, 2018, went to the Captain alone without informing the family and collected
an additional GH¢200,000.00.

Prosecution said Captain Tetteh also paid
GH¢200,000.00 to the Dokutse Attah Ablah family, who claimed ownership of the
parcel of land, bringing the payment to GH¢800,000.00.

He said the family later realised the
accused could not account for GH¢335,000.00 of the monies paid into his
account.

Prosecution said during investigations, it
came to light that Dowuona was not a legal consultant as he had earlier
projected to the family.

GNA

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