16.03.2005 Crime & Punishment

Businessman in court for issuing dud cheque

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Accra, March 16, GNA - A 40-year-old businessman, whose cheque in payment for goods bought from Afko Imex Limited was dishonoured, appeared before an Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday charged with issuing a dud cheque.

Abdul Rauf Imoro, who is the owner of Ra-Naf Association Limited, is also charged with defrauding by false pretences. Police said Imoro issued the cheque to be drawn on Amalgamated Bank with a face value of 123 million cedis to cover air conditioners supplied by Afko Imex Limited.

He denied the offences and the court, presided over by Mr S.G. Okraku admitted him to 200 million cedis bail with a surety to be justified.

He would reappear on April 6.

Mr Okraku on Tuesday remanded Imoro in prison custody when he appeared before him for duping a businessman of 50 million cedis under the pretext of supplying him with 3,000 bags of rice and 1,000 bags of sugar.

Police Chief Inspector Joseph Ohemeng told the Court that on January 22, last year, Afko Imex Limited supplied 20 units of Samsung air conditioners to the accused person at a total cost of 165 million cedis.

Chief Inspector Ohemeng said Imoro issued a cheque for 123 million cedis to Afko Imex but the bank rejected it. He said Imoro was told by Afko Imex that the cheque was not honoured and therefore demanded the goods back.

Imoro returned nine units of the air conditioners and said he had sold the rest and pleaded for time to enable him to refund the money. However, he went into hiding until he was arrested this week. 16 March 05

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