Actor and comedian, Kofi Adu, also known as 'Agya Koo', who is alleged to have defrauded a trader of almost GHÂÂ¢5,000 yesterday refunded GHÂÂ¢2,000 out of the amount to the complaint, but still pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him before an Accra Circuit Court.
The accused person allegedly collected the said amount from the complainant under the pretext of securing for him an American visa, work permit and a return air ticket. One of the counsels of the actor, Mr. Joseph Turkson, however, told the court that the deal between his client and the complainant was solely on contract bases.
According to the counsel, Agya Koo has accepted to refund the said amount and further resolve the matter with the complainant. Another counsel, Ms Naomi Nelson Coffie applied for bail for the accused person, which was granted by the court, presided over by Mr. Ebenezer Osei Darko. The accused is to re-appear on January 31, this year.
The facts of the case are that in March 2011 the complainant discussed with a friend about her desire to travel abroad. The friend subsequently led her to contact the accused person, who is facing charges of attempt to commit crime, migrant smuggling and fraud at Alhaji Tabora, a suburb of Accra.
The Prosecutor, DSP Mary Agbozo, told the court that the accused person, during the meeting, confirmed his ability to assist them to obtain the America visa and even cited instances which the complainant believed. She said the accused person charged the complainant a fee of $10,000 covering visa, work permit and a return air ticket.
According to the Prosecutor, Agya Koo asked the complainant to make advance payment of $850 as processing fee and also pay $1000 as fee charged. According to her, the accused person then called the complainant to bring the money to him in Kumasi, which he did and after receiving the money assured him of getting the visa in no time.
"After collecting the money, he took him, together with ten others to the US embassy, and whist waiting at the embassy, the accused person sneaked out, unknown to the victims, only to call them later that they should meet him at the Busy Internet Cafe at Kwame Nkrumah Circle," she added.
When they met at the said location, the accused gave them flimsy excuses in relation to his inability to secure the visa and that they should exercise patience.
"The excuse has been going on since 2011, and when the complainant became fed up and apprehensive, the accused person diverted the complainant's interest from the acquisition of American visa for an Australian one, and collected another cash sum of GHÂÂ¢1,150 which he also failed to honour," the prosecutor added.
According to her, the complainant demanded for the refund of the money several times, with the accused person giving excuses. DSP Agbozo told the court that in August last year, a report was lodged with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters and the accused person was invited several times on his cell phone, but failed to turn up. The police subsequently secured a warrant to arrest him, but he voluntarily reported himself and was arrested.