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12.02.2005 Crime & Punishment

'Susu' collector granted 100 million cedi bail

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Kumasi, Feb 12, GNA - A circuit court in Kumasi on Wednesday granted a 'susu' collector bail in the sum of 100 million cedis for defrauding his customers.

Kwaku Anim, who pleaded guilty, will re-appear on February 23. Chief Inspector Regina Kesewah told the court, presided over by Mr Ernest Yao Obimpeh that Anim, who was the Director of Nkosuo Susu Group and the complainant, Mr John Owusu Kwateng, decided to operate a "susu" collection business last year.

She said Anim became a director of the business whilst the complainant was made the secretary and that it was mutually agreed to lodge all monies that would be collected in the accounts of Anim who operated an account with the Nwabiagya Rural Bank.

Chief Inspector Kesewah said operations of the susu started in earnest in July last year and they succeeded in collecting various sums of money from contributors to the tune of 200 million cedis as at November last year.

She said some payments were made to some customers on demand but that the complainant detected that an amount of 70 million cedis had been withdrawn from the accounts without his knowledge. Chief Inspector Kesewah said all efforts by the complainant to retrieve the money from the accused for the customers failed and so he reported to the police and he was arrested.

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