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08.04.2004 Regional News

NGO official in court for fraud

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Accra, April 8, GNA- Mr Opoku Amoako Sekyere who claims to be an official of Sub Saharan Aids Rescue, an NGO for HIV/AIDS, was on Thursday put before an Accra Circuit Court for conspiracy defrauding by false pretence. Amoako is also charged with fictitious trading and issuing of false cheque.

Two of his accomplices whose names were given as Alex and Asante are on the run.

The accused pleaded not guilty and was granted 70 million cedis bail with two sureties to re-appear on April 29.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Zakaria Dudimah told the court that the accused and his two accomplices approached the Marketing Officer of Super Care Distribution Limited as Estate Developers.

DSP Dudimah said the accused requested for 15 Air Conditioners for their project on credit, which the company agreed and they were asked to pay a deposit.

He said the accused issued a post-dated cheque for 87 million cedis and they were supplied with 10 air conditioners instead of 15.

The prosecution said the accused after receiving the items went into hiding and all attempts to locate him proved futile as enquiries made at the bank also showed that the cheque was false.