Businesswoman in Court over fraud

By
Joyce Danso, GNA

Accra Feb. 26, GNA –
A businesswoman Anne Tamakloe 68-years on Wednesday appeared before an Accra
Circuit Court for allegedly defrauding her colleague of over GH¢1,000,000.00
under the pretext of securing so-called “frozen visas” for 51 people.

She also contracted
to secure two auctioned cars from the American Embassy in Accra for the same
colleague who is the complainant in the case but failed.

Anne a self-styled
employee of the American Embassy, have been charged with two counts of
defrauding by false pretences.

Anne also known as
Cynthia Tamakloe has denied the offence. She was admitted to bail in the sum of
GH¢1,000.000.00 with four sureties.

She is expected to
reappear on March 10th before the court presided over by Mr.
Emmanuel Essandoh.

Narrating the facts
of the case, Chief Inspector Grace Bandoh said the complainant name withheld
works at Makola in Accra, while Anne is also based in Accra.

Chief Inspector
Bandoh said in the month April 2019, Anne visited a friend known as Agnes
Aberese, a witness in the case.

She said during an
interaction, the accused made the witness to believe that there was a type of
visa called “frozen Visa” at the American Embassy.

The prosecution said
the witness became convinced of the accused’s story and informed the
complainant who had come to visit her.

Prosecution said the
complainant then requested to meet Anne who said she will be able to assist the
complainant in the acquisition of the frozen visas.

According to the
prosecution Agnes then gave out the contact number of the accused as requested
by the complainant who then contacted Anne.

Prosecution between
the months of May and June, last year, the complainant gave out 51 Ghanaian
passports and cash in the sum of $178,500 equivalent to GH¢999,600.00 to Anne
to acquire the frozen visas.

The accused person
after receiving the money and the 51 Ghanaian passports assured the complainant
that the visas would be ready in August 2019, but failed.

Prosecution said the
complainant when upon persistent efforts to get the visas from the accused
failed then reported the matter to the Police.

She said on November
1, last year, Anne was arrested and in her cautioned statement admitted the
offences and returned all the 51 Ghanaian passports.

Prosecution said
Anne however failed to refund $178,500 and during investigations, it came to
light that Anne had also collected cash in the sum of GH¢46,000.00 to secure
auctioned cars from the American Embassy for the complainant but this also
failed.

When accused person
was cautioned by the Police, she pleaded for time to refund all the monies but
failed to do so.

GNA

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