A National Democratic Congress (NDC) supporter who reportedly went with five others to the Eastern Region and Dome Pillar 2 in Accra and allegedly defrauded unsuspecting members of the party to the tune of GH¢101,680.00 and $2,500 under the pretext of buying auctioned vehicles for them, has been arraigned for fraud.
The suspect, Felix Nyere, who also purportedly took moneys from some party sympathizers in the guise of getting them protocol visa to travel to the United States and Australia, was put in a court presided over by M.E. Essandoh and charged with 23 counts of defrauding by false pretences. He however, pleaded not guilty.
He has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢160,000 with five sureties three to be public servants, while the case has been adjourned to November 11, 2015.
Meanwhile, the other suspects – Lansane Dabla, Amissah alias Benito, Charles Gyekle, Johnson and Baffuor – are all at large.
The facts of the case as presented by Chief Inspector Maxwell Oppong, are that the complainants are sympathizers of the NDC resident at Dome Pillar 2 in Accra, Abuakwah and Akroso in the Eastern Region, while the accused persons are all supposed NDC members in Accra.
He said in 2014 Felix Nyere conspired and sent Nyere and Gyekle to Abuakwah and Akroso to tell members of the party that he could help them buy auctioned vehicles at Tema.
Chief Inspector Oppong said one of the complainants was approached by a certain Emmanuel Asamoah and expressed interest and followed them to Accra where they later demanded GH¢4,000 to get a Toyota Corolla for him after which they further collected GH¢14,000 from the same man under the pretext of securing jobs for seven members of the party in the security services.
Furthermore, he stated that after collecting the money, the suspects vanished into thin air, adding that earlier in 2013 Nyere and Gyekle went to Amanfrom in the Eastern Region and took various amounts of money from some NDC supporters in the guise of securing jobs for them in the security services and to help them buy auctioned cars at Tema.
He said the suspects again disappeared without a trace, adding that in 2014 the accused went to Abuakwah and Dome Pillar 2 and told the party sympathizers that he had been instructed from the party headquarters to go and assist persons interested in travelling to the United States of America and Australia with protocol visas.
The police officer explained that the accused person subsequently collected various amounts of money between $5,000 and $35,000 from the interested party members and then disappeared.
Chief Inspector Oppong disclosed that the matter was reported to the police and the accused was arrested while his accomplices went underground.
BY Fidelia Achama
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