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26.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Driver in Court for Fraud


A driver who took GH C500.00 from a trader with a promise to supply him with palm oil but went into hiding has been put before the Asamankese Circuit Court.

Isaac Kwame Asiedu, 24, the driver who was charged with defrauding by false pretences, pleaded guilty and was remanded in prison custody to re-appear on April 6.

According to Police Inspector Wisdom Nuworkpor, Asiedu collected the amount from Francis Azianorgbor in September 2007 and was not seen again until he was arrested on March 19 this year.

The prosecutor said Asiedu drove some palm oil dealers from Otumi near Kade to Mepom where he met and took the money from the complainant, promising that he could organize people to supply him with drums of palm oil.

He said as a result, the complainant gave the money to the accused for the supply of the palm oil, but he went into hiding after taking the money.

All efforts by the complainant to locate Asiedu proved futile until a few days ago when the complainant had information that he was operating at Kade.

The complainant then went to the town where he managed to obtain the mobile phone number of Asiedu.

The prosecutor said the complainant then telephoned Asiedu that a driver was wanted for employment and since he had been described as an honest and truthful man, he was the right person for the job.

Asiedu then went to Asamankese for the appointment on March 19 where he was arrested and taken to Asamankese Police Station.

The court deferred sentence to April 6 to enable him to refund the money.