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30.10.2008 Crime & Punishment

Two jailed for fraud


A mason who sold an uncompleted building that did not belong to him at a cost of GH¢8,000 cedis to a marketing officer and later used the proceeds to rent a room was on Thursday sentenced to seven years' imprisonment by a Circuit Court in Accra.

Daniel Anyigbavor, charged with conspiracy and defrauding by false pretences, pleaded guilty.

His accomplice, Henry Kwame Nyarko, a building technician, who he introduced as the owner of the house was sentenced to two years' imprisonment.

Nyarko pleaded guilty, saying he only received GH¢250 cedis as his share.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Mr George Abavelim told the court that in May this year, the complainant, Mr Seth Sorgah, wanted a land to buy and therefore approached an agent who introduced him to the accused persons as having an uncompleted building at New Gbawe for sale.

ASP Abavelim said Anyigbavor managed to convince the complainant that he was the caretaker of the house and succeeded in selling it to him at GH¢ 8,000.

The complainant made half payment and upon a request by Anyigbavor gave out his Nissan Primera saloon car in addition.

Mr Sorgah was later confronted by a man who said the plot of land with the uncompleted building belonged to him.

Mr Sorgah confronted the convicts who confessed that the land together with the uncompleted building did not belong to them.

The convicts pleaded that they should be given three weeks to refund the money and the car but went into hiding. They were, however, re-arrested at their hideout.