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06.02.2009 Crime & Punishment

Court fines woman with forged documents


An Accra Circuit court on Thursday fined a 42-year-old trader who presented forged document to the British High Commission a sum of GH¢ 500.

In addition, Georgina Annan Baidoo was bonded to be of good behaviour or in default face six months prison sentence.

Baidoo pleaded guilty to the offence and asked the court to deal leniently with her.

Handling down the sentence, the court, presided over by D.E.K Darketey said Baidoo's actions had tarnished the image of the country and that she would be jailed the next time.

The facts of the case as presented by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Paul Kofi Frimpong are that on July 22, 2008, Baidoo presented her visa application to the British High Commission, including a Money Transfer Encashment Receipt number 13111754 purportedly issued by the Merchant Bank.

According to DSP Frimpong, when the cash encashment receipt was crossed- checked, it was found to be forged.

Baidoo was then handed over to the police. Upon interrogations, she admitted the offence and mentioned her husband now domiciled in the UK as the source of the forged receipt.