Crime & Punishment of 2013-12-11

Evangelist convicted for fraud

A Kumasi Circuit Court has convicted a self-professed evangelist, George Amoah, for duping a trader of her GH¢2,000.00 under the pretext of securing for her a plot of land at Afrancho in the Afigya-Kwabre District to build a house.

This was after he had pleaded guilty to the offence. His punishment was however, deferred to December 23, to allow him space to make a refund.

He had already paid back GH¢1,000.00 to the victim, Vida Effah, a trader at Suame Magazine “Club 600” in Kumasi.

The court presided over by Mr. D.W.P. Amedior admitted him to a GH¢5,000.00 bail with a surety.

Police Chief Inspector Rose Essuman told the court that Amoah took the money in 2010 and after persistent demand by the victim to show her to the land or return the amount failed, a formal report was made to the police.

He did not deny taking the money in his caution statement and refunded GH¢1,000.00.