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Tabloid News | May 4, 2004

Businessman before court for visa fraud

GNA

Accra, May 4, GNA - A Businessman was on Tuesday put before an Accra Circuit Court for defrauding an unemployed of 20 million cedis under the pretext securing an Italian visa for him.

Yaw Asamoah, pleaded not guilty to defrauding by false pretences. The Court presided over by Mr Williwise Kyeremeh granted him 30 million cedis bail to reappear on May 19.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Benedicta Akolgo told the Court that sometime in 2002, Asamoah, who was domiciled in Holland, visited Ghana and met Mr Eric Yeboah, the complainant, in Kumasi.

Chief Inspector Akolgo said Yeboah got enchanted with Asamoah's claim that he was hardworking and as such he could succeed if he travelled to Europe.

The Prosecutor said Yeboah then began pestering the mother to raise money to enable him to travel to Europe.

Chief Inspector Akolgo said, the mother, upon the persistent pressure from the son sold her personal belongings and realized 20 million cedis, which was given to Asamoah for the visa transaction The Prosecutor said Asamoah after collecting the money took Mr Yeboah to Accra but he failed to secure the travel documents for him. The Prosecution said while Yeboah was in Accra, Asamoh went to inform Yeboah's mother that her son was in Italy.

Chief Inspector Akolgo said Yeboah later became suspicious and caused the arrest of Asamoah.

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