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09.09.2005 Crime & Punishment

Nigerian remanded for duping Korean


Accra, Sept. 9, GNA - A Nigerian driver who allegedly defrauded a Korean businessman of 250,000 dollars and four million cedis under pretext of buying gold for him on Friday appeared before an Accra Circuit Court charged with fraud.

Monday Patmore, whose plea was not taken, was remanded in prison custody pending further investigations.

He is to reappear on September 20. Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) George Abavelim, said in March 2004, Patmore met Mr Kwong Yong Yang, the complainant, at the Tema Port and during conversation promised to buy him some gold.

Between March 2004 and August 2005, Patmore collected various sums of money totalling 250,000 dollars from Mr Kwong.

The prosecutor said any time Patmore collected money and departed, he called Mr Kwong and complained of harassment by the Police. This notwithstanding, Patmore collected more money. On September 5 this year, while he was on one of his visits to the Mr Kwong, the police arrested him.

During interrogation, Patmore admitted collecting only 65,000 dollars from the complainant to buy chemicals to print fake US dollars.