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20.09.2005 Crime & Punishment

Car washer in court for fraud

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Accra, Sept. 20 GNA - A car washing bay attendant, who took a photograph of a house that was being used as a church and presented it as a property he had bought for his friend residing outside the country appeared at a Circuit Court in Accra on Tuesday charged with fraudulent breach of trust.

Mohammed Lawal Adamu, who was additionally charged for forging, possessing and issuing forged documents covering the house pleaded not guilty.

The court remanded him into prison custody to reappear on September 28.

The case of Prosecuting Police Chief Inspector Benedicta Akolgo was that the complainant Mr Musah Mohammed Sani, who is domiciled in Japan, decided to buy two plots of land in Ghana and contacted Adamu, who resided at Abossey Okai in Accra.

Adamu advised Mr Sani to purchase a house instead of purchasing the land and informed him that a house was being offered for sale at 53 million cedis.

Mr Sani, therefore, sent 19,000 dollars for the transaction. Adamu took a photograph of a church with occupants at Laterbiokoshie saying that was the house he had bought. Adamu offered a receipt and other documents bearing his name despite various warnings from Mr Sani not use his (accused person's name) for the document. The Prosecution said Adamu further told Mr Sani that he was going to renovate the house and sent him the building plan. Mr Sani directed that his late brother's wife should be given a room. The Prosecution said when Adamu was asked to provide documents indicating the transfer and sale of the house he informed Mr Sani that the owner had passed away. Police investigation confirmed the death of the owner of the house. Police said in the will of the deceased she had given the house to her church known as the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society at Nungua in Accra.

According to the Prosecution the house was a subject of litigation. 20 Sept. 05

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