14.06.2006 Crime & Punishment

Landlady Arrested For Duping 16 People

By Erastus Asare-Donkor
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A 29 year old landlady has been remanded into police custody by a Kumasi Circuit Court for allegedly defrauding 16 different people under the pretext of renting out accommodation to them.

The lady who is a resident at North Patasi, a suburb of Kumasi confessed to the court that she operates under three different names. She said her names are Cynthia Asare, Abigail Asare and at a certain point she also used the name Adjoa Oforiwaah.

According to the prosecution, police Chief Inspector Alice Ansah, Cynthia Asare rented a single apartment in a house at North Patase to these 16 people at different rates. She collected the rent advances differently ranging from 2,000,000 to 15,500,000 cedis per person. After Cynthia had collected these monies totaling about 126 million cedis, she gave different dates to the unsuspecting tenants to come and occupy the said apartment.

One of the tenants told Kapital News that Cynthia Asare was exposed when two of the tenants coincidentally, met in her house to pay their rent advances for the same room. Police Chief Inspector Alice Ansah said, when the suspect was arrested by the police on the 13th of this month, she disclosed that she is a secretary to a company but failed to mention the name of the said organization.

The prosecution told the court presided over by Mr. Adu Twum Mmorosah that, since the arrest was made, several of her victims have been trooping to the police station to corroborate the accusation leveled against her. According to her, this can give proof that the number of those duped by Cynthia is likely to exceed 16 by the close of investigations. The court therefore remanded her into police custody to enable her assist the police in further investigations.

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