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05.02.2010 Crime & Punishment

Self styled security officer appears before court

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Self styled security officer appears before court
February 04, 2010
Accra, Feb. 4, GNA - Nana Osei Kwadwo, a self styled National Security Officer who allegedly defrauded George Oti Boateng of GH¢ 25,000 under the pretext of supplying him three Mercedes Benz buses appeared before an Accra Circuit Court on Thursday.

Kwadwo pleaded not guilty to defrauding by false pretences and was remanded into prison custody to re-appear on February 17, 2010.

Police Superintendent A. Boye, prosecuting, told the court that the complainant is a businessman while the accused styled himself as an officer at the National Security Secretariat (NSS).

He said on September 15, 2009 a witness introduced the accused to the complainant as an officer from the NSS, and when the accused met the complainant in his office at Tesano, he confirmed to him (complainant) that he was an officer at the NSS and a member of the Vehicle Allocation Board at the Castle, Osu.

Police Superintendent Boye said the accused convinced the complainant that he had been allocated three Mercedes Benz buses and demanded GH¢ 25,000 for the necessary documentation and purchase.

He said the accused took the money in the presence of a witness but was not seen again though the complainant had tried several times to get the vehicles or his money refunded to him.

Police Superintendent Boye said this compelled the complainant to contact Mr. John Jinakpor, an aide to Vice President John Dramani Mahama, who told him that there was nobody at the Presidency called Nana Osei Kwadwo.

He said the complainant therefore lodged a complaint with the police and the accused was arrested in his hideout in Kumasi and after investigations charged with the offence.

In another development, the accused is on trial for allegedly defrauding another businessman Alex Adjei Tawiah of GH¢ 20,000 under the pretext of supplying him six Mercedes Benz Sprinter and Toyota vehicles.


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