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30.11.2004 Crime & Punishment

University student convicted for uttering document

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Accra, Nov. 30, GNA - An Accra Circuit Court on Tuesday slapped a fine of 800,000 cedis on a student of the Methodist University at Dansoman in Accra for uttering a bank statement. Lawrence Nsiah Asante, 33, will go to prison for 20 months if he fails to pay for the fine.

The convict, a former employee of the Koforidua Branch of the South Akim Rural Bank, pleaded guilty to uttering documents.

Presenting the facts of the case, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Paul K. Frimpong told the Court presided over by Mr Nathaniel Osam that sometime in 2002, the convict prepared and signed a statement of account of the South Akim Rural Bank.

He said the statement of account, which bore the name Patricia Asiedu, was to support a visa application at the British High Commission in Accra.

ASP Frimpong said the High Commission upon receipt of the statement of account, doubted its veracity and, therefore, referred it to the Bank of Ghana for verification and it was found to be false.

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