8 February 2013

Ghana: UK-Based Lawyer in Fraud Case

A former United Kingdom (UK) based lawyer has been remanded in custody by an Accra circuit court for allegedly defrauding a father and son of an amount of GH¢1,020 under the pretext of securing them an American visa.

The accused person, Forter Moore, allegedly introduced himself to the complainants as an agent for many American Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and who could secure them with American visas within two weeks.

The complainants detected the whole deal to be a sham when they realized the accused person's document intended for the visa were forged. He was then arrested and handed over to the police.

He is facing the charges of forgery of documents contrary to section 158 of criminal offence Act 29/60 and defrauding by false pretense contrary to section 131 of the criminal offence Act 29/60.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges leveled against him before the court presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri Forter Moore is expected to re-appear before the court on February 20, 2013.

Briefing the court, the prosecutor, Chief Inspector B.O Yeboah told the court that during June, 2012, the accused person approached and introduced himself to the complainant and his father as an agent to many American NGO's, who are undertaking series of developmental projects in Ghana to assist students travel abroad to work.

He said upon this claim, the accused person managed to collect the complainant's passport and cash amount of GH¢6000 and promised to secure them the U.S visa within two weeks.

"Somewhere along the line, the accused person informed the complainants that, he posted the said passport to the American embassy but same got missing in the process.

The accused person again in November 2012 collected additional cash sum of GH¢1000 with the pretext of securing a new passport for the complainant", the prosecutor told the court.

He said after collecting the said total sum of GH¢7000, the accused person could not fulfill his promises but made use of the money, the prosecutor noted.

Chief Inspector Yeboah further stated that on January 30, 2013, the accused person again paraded the complainant and three others in front of the American embassy without the complainant's new passport.

The prosecutor mentioned that the complainant then became suspicious in the deeds of the accused person and realized that, the entire documents including ECO Bank's U.S visa MRV free payment slip he was holding were forged and altered with blue ink.

"With the help of people around, the accused person was arrested and handed over to the police and during interrogation, the accused person admitted the offences", the prosecutor noted

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