A 28-year-old banker, who allegedly took GH¢274,000 from a business consultant under the pretext of investing the money for him at TF Finance Service, but failed, has been granted bail by the Accra Circuit Court.
The accused, Fredricca Appiah, who allegedly used the money for her personal gain, was charged with defrauding by false pretense. He pleaded not guilty.
The Court presided over by Mrs Susana Eduful, admitted the accused GH¢300,000 bail with three sureties.
The Court ordered that all the sureties should be family members.
Prosecution, was directed by the Court to file and serve all disclosures and witness statements on the lawyers of the accused.
The case has been adjourned to March 7, 2023.
Police Inspector Teye Okuffo, prosecuting, told the Court that the complainant, Atazona Abdul Rahman Awineyanga was a business consultant and a resident of Achimota, while accused resided at Burma Camp, Accra.
The prosecution said both accused and the complainant were involved in a business transaction called “pay off ” for a long time.
Insp Okuffo said on June 7, 2022, accused told the complainant about the investment promotional package that TF Finance Service were embarking on.
The prosecution said the complainant, who was also a businessman decided to give it a try.
Insp Okuffo said accused demanded and collected GH¢274,000 from the complainant under the pretext of investing the money for him.
The prosecution said accused after succeeding in taking the money, promised to give the investment document to the complainant after the money had been invested, but failed and went into hiding.
Insp Okuffo said accused failed to answer the complainant’s calls and went into hiding.
The prosecution said the complainant made his own enquiry at the TF Finance Office and the company denied ever embarking on any investment promotional package.
Insp Okuffo said the complainant realised that he had been duped and he lodged a complaint at Nima Police, and accused was arrested through Military Police, Burma Camp.
It said accused in her cautioned statement admitted taking the money from the complainant to invest for him.
Insp Okuffo said further investigation revealed that accused did not invest the money but rather used it for her personal gain. —GNA
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