19 December 2012

Ghana: Disabled Jailed for Fraud

A disabled person was yesterday jailed three years for defrauding a businessman of twenty thousand, seven hundred Ghana cedis (GH¢20,700). The presiding judge, Mrs. Doris Bimpong, convicted and sentenced George Tsawdzi to jail, in hard labour.

According to the court, the prosecution had proved beyond all reasonable doubt that the convict committed the crime levelled against him. The convict, George Tsawdzi, had pleaded not guilty to the charge of defrauding by false pretence.

Briefing the court, The Prosecutor, Chief Inspector J.K. Anim, told the court that the complainant, Patrice Vieyra, a Beninois businessman, who comes to Accra to transact business was introduced to the convict, a physically challenged farmer, who resides at Nima, a suburb of Accra, to assist him in his transactions.

In June, last year, the complainant arrived in Accra to transact his routine business of purchasing slightly used cocoa sacks, and in the course of business, someone introduced the convict to him, as a reliable person who could assist him to acquire the necessary amount of sacks he needs without delay.

In the process of the business, the convict demanded and collected GH¢ 20,700 and promised to deliver the sacks within a month. He then failed to deliver the sacks as promised, without telling the businessman, the prosecution told the court.

The complainant then lodged complain at the police station, which led to the arrest of the convict. Tsawdzi was arrested and granted an enquiry bail, but fled from Nima to an unknown destination.

The police, upon investigation, discovered that Tsawdzi had deposited GH¢10,000 in a financial institution, but later withdrew GH¢1,000.

Unfortunately for him, the police was hinted about his hide out at Nsawam and was arrested in June, this year, the prosecution informed the court, adding that the police, however, redrew the rest of the money from the account.

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