An Accra Circuit Court has granted bail to a bead designer who is accused of stealing GHS200,000 from a fabricator under the pretense of purchasing items to perform rituals on a stash of money. Mr. Joseph Nartey Tetteh, 29, entered a not guilty plea to the charge of defrauding by false pretense. The accused was granted bail in the amount of GHS150,000.00 with three justifiable sureties by the court, which was presided over by Mrs. Afia Owusuaa Appiah. The prosecution was given a two-week deadline by the court to file and serve all disclosures and witness statements. The court ordered the defendant to appear at the Somanya Police Station or another police station of the investigator’s choice every two weeks. The case will now be heard on August 29, 2022.
According to the prosecuting police chief inspector Samuel Ahiabor, the accused claimed to be a bead designer and lived in Somanya in the Eastern Region, whereas the complainant, Mr. Joseph Ababio, was a fabricator and a resident of Tabora in Accra. According to the prosecution, the accused called the complainant in 2018 and stated he had a large sum of money and needed someone to help him out financially so he could buy various objects to perform rituals on them. According to Chief Inspector Ahiabor, the complainant showed interest in the transaction and provided money to the defendant as needed. According to the prosecution, the complainant discovered later that the accused had forced him to send him GHS200,000.00 before running away.
According to the Chief Inspector, the complainant used a different phone number that had the name Joyce Appiah while he was thinking about how to find the accused person. The accused had previously forced him to send money on this number. According to the prosecution, the complainant started a communication with the user and invited him to meet him in Accra for GHS 8,000.00. The Tesano Police were informed by a man named Stephen Ogbodjor who claimed to be Joyce Appiah and came to meet the complainant, according to Chief Inspector Ahiabor. According to the prosecution, when questioned, the alleged Ogbodjor denied being involved in the sale but acknowledged knowing the accused to be a fraudster and pledged to help the police apprehend him.
Based on this, according to Chief Inspector Ahiabor, Ogbodjor directed the police to find the accused person hiding out in Somanya and arrest him. The accused person requested police enquiry bail to return the money over the course of the investigation, but was denied it and failed to appear before the police as directed.
According to the prosecution, a petition was submitted, and the case was sent to Regional CID/Accra for further investigation. On June 28, 2022, the suspect was again arrested as a result of intelligence. Chief Inspector Ahiabor said the accused person admitted the offence in his caution statement and mentioned one Baba as his accomplice whom he conspired to dupe the complainant an amount of GHS120,000.00 and not GHS200,000.00. The prosecution said the accused person could not assist the Police to arrest the said Baba.