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17.03.2006 Crime & Punishment

Travellers' defrauder faces the law


Accra, March 17, GNA - An Accra District Court on Friday remanded Seth Boakye, unemployed, in custody for defrauding a prospective traveller 1,000 dollars under the pretext of processing travelling documents for him. Boakye also assured Mr Anthony Yeboah, the complainant that after he had secured the documents for him, he would travel with him to Israel to find him a lucrative job. The accused pleaded not guilty to defrauding by false pretences and he is to reappear before the court on April 12, this year.

Police Inspector Jubiok Michaels told the court, presided over by Mrs. Olivia Obeng Owusu that sometime in June, last year, the accused returned from Israel and managed to convince travellers, who had difficulties in processing their documents he could help them travel to that country because he had contacts there The Prosecutor said one Mr. Asante Asamoah also a victim, readily informed his friend, Mr Yeboah who became interested to join the trip to Israel.

In August, last year, the complainant called the accused on phone and met him at the Kotoka International Airport, where the accused confirmed the story. Inspector Michaels said Boakye then demanded 20 million cedis from Mr Yeboah to facilitate preparation of the documents, adding that Mr Yeboah raised 1,000 dollars for Boakye. After collecting the money, the accuse went into hiding, until he was arrested on February 4, this year.