Hubby jailed 120 months for stealing wife's GH¢12,000.00
5/17/2012 5:04:23 PM -
Kumasi, May 17, GNA - A dishonest husband who made up a robbery attack story to swindle his wife of her GH¢12,000.00 is now in trouble.
William Oppong, 41, has been ordered by a Kumasi Circuit Court to spend 120 months in prison for his crime.
He pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing.
Police Chief Inspector Archibald Kwesi Fandoh told the court presided over by Justice Emmanuel Amo-Yartey that Oppong is married to Charity Owusu Afriyie.
They used to live together at Ohwim in Kumasi but the woman is now based in the United States (US).
Sometime last year, Charity sent the said money to Oppong to buy cement to stock a retail shop she had opened at Ohwim, but he had other ideas and pocketed the cash.
The woman returned to the country in late April and on May 8, the husband told her, he was traveling to Tema to convey the cement to Ohwim.
A day after leaving the house, Oppong arranged with a taxi driver to call to inform the wife on her cellular phone that he had been attacked and robbed of the money by bandits.
He also caused an unidentified lady to present herself to Charity as a nurse calling from a Tema Hospital, to tell her the husband was receiving treatment at the facility following the attack.
The prosecution said the convict had earlier employed the same trick twice to dupe the woman of her monies.
She first sent an amount of GH¢6,000.00 to him through Western Union Money Transfer to dig a well in a house she had built.
Few hours after receiving it, he rang to tell her that robbers had seized the money from him.
Another amount of GH¢4,000.00 came to him from the wife with the specific instruction to lodge it in her account at the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) but once again, he fabricated a robbery story.
The prosecution said fed up with his tales, Charity this time made a formal report to the Police Striking Force Unit in Kumasi and he was arrested.
He admitted the offence in his caution statement.