31.03.2005 Crime & Punishment

Four fuel dealers before court for issuing dud cheque

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Takoradi, March 31, GNA - A Takoradi Circuit Court "A" on Wednesday granted four suspects a total bail of 410 million cedis for issuing dud cheques for the purchase of fuel.

They include Isaka Dauda, 44, Alhaji B. Issa, 52, Aziz Abubakar, 49, and Issifu Mohammed, 56 years; all fuel dealers within the Shama Ahanta East Metropolis.

They pleaded not guilty and would re-appear on April 8. Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Joseph Hedidor told the court presided over by Mr George Essien-Donkor that, in November 2004, Isaka introduced the three other accused persons to the management of the Obiba J.K. Filling Station at Fijai.

He said the suspects after collecting various quantities of fuel on credit, failed to re-pay their debts to the company and issued cheques covering the total debt of 475 million cedis.

Inspector Hedidor said when the cheques were presented they were dishonoured and when all efforts to retrieve the money proved futile, they were reported to the Police.

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