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29.07.2005 General News

Luke Butler wanted by Police

The Criminal Investigation department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has renewed its appeal to members of the public to help it to arrest Mr Luke Butler, Chief Executive of Afra Airlines.

Mr Butler is wanted by the police for defrauding a US based- Ghanaians, Dr Sam Akuoko to the tune of$450,000.

The Director of the CID, David Asante Appeatu who made the appeal on Thursday said in November last year, Butler made false representations to Dr Akuoku that he had a Boeing 747 aircraft in Indonesia and needed money to bring it down to start an airline in Ghana.

He said Mr Butler told Dr Akuoko to transfer an amount of $400,000 into a cedi account in Ghana to facilitate the transaction.

According to him Butler further asked Dr Akuoko to use an additional $50,000 to open an office of the airline in the US.

He said Butler assured Dr Akuoko that when the airline became operational, he (Butler) and his wife, Mrs Siomone Butler who were the sole directors of the company, would offload 30 per cent shares to Dr Akuoko.

Mr Apeatu said after transferring the money and opening the office in the US, Dr Akuoko contacted Butler to find out when the aircraft was to be brought to Ghana.

In response, Mr Apeatu said, Butler allegedly told Dr Akuoko that they were going to hire an aircraft to start the operations.

The director said Dr Akuoko objected to that because it was contrary to what he had been made to believe and therefore, demanded a refund.

He said Butler started playing hide and seek with Dr Akuoko until the matter was referred to the police for investigations.

He said Mrs Butler was arrested and during interrogation, she admitted receiving the money.

Mr Appeatu said Mrs Butler was currently on police enquiry bail.