26.11.2007 Crime & Punishment

Woman, 32 Dupes Trader Of ¢20 million

By Daily Graphic
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A 32-year-old woman, Memunatu Ibrahim, has appeared before the Awutu Court for duping one Kwabena Wiafe of ¢20 million under the guise of selling a plot of land to him at Kasoa.

Wiafe was said to have gone to the said land to begin developing it after paying ¢20 million out of the ¢30 million price to Memunatu, only to be driven away by some people who claimed ownership.

The court, presided over by Mr C.A Wilson, remanded her in prison custody and ordered her to pay within a month. Chief Inspector Helena Aidoo informed the court that on September 10 this year Memunatu who lives at Lawyer, a suburb of Kasoa with her husband, went to Adokope, another suburb where she informed Wiafe that she had a plot of land at Lawyer for sale.

She said with his interest whetted by that piece of information, Wiafe went with Memunatu to the said land at Lawyer, and with the nod of her husband, she charged ¢30 million out of which Wiafe made a down payment of ¢20 million.

Later when Wiafe went and started work on the plot, however, some people wielding all sorts of implements chased him away, claiming ownership of the said plot.

He went to inform Memunatu and her husband who offered to replace that plot for him and he agreed. But that replacement also later turned out to belong to another person.

And when Wiafe demanded a refund of his money, Memunatu played hide and seek with him, prompting him to make a report to the police.

At the police station after her arrest on September 18, Memunatu promised to refund the amount, got a police enquiry bail but jumped bail and went into hiding.

When she was later produced by her surety, Memunatu paid ¢4 million to the police, with a promise to pay the balance within a week, only to fail, thereby prompting prosecution.

Story Ekow Yamoah,

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