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29.04.2007 Crime & Punishment

"Doctor" behind bars for ¢90.2m fraud

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A man claiming to be a medical doctor for Newmont Mining Company is behind bars for defrauding a Kumasi-based businessman of ¢90.2 million.

The suspect, Bawa Sakodia, 38, pleaded not guilty and will re-appear on May 14.

Police Inspector Francis K. Kusi told the court presided over by Mr R.M. Kugyapwah that sometime in March last year the accused went to the shop of the wife of the complainant, Collins Amponsah Yeboah, at Adum in Kumasi.

Inspector Kusi said the suspect requested for quantity of rice for the staff of Newmont Mining Company at Kenyase in the Brong-Ahafo for the Easter celebrations from Yeboah's wife.

He said Sakodia, who identified himself as a medical doctor with the company was given rice, which amounted to ¢90.2 million.

Inspector Kusi said the accused sent a cheque of ¢90.2 million to the complainant's wife to be cashed at the Cal Bank in Kumasi but the cheque bounced.

The accused went into hiding and the complainant made report to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of at the Police in Kumasi.

Source: GNA