General News of 2003-10-07

Chris Archer Under fraud Investigation In The US

National Reconciliation Commission and New Patriotic Party hero Chris Asher Junior is the man who, if the rule of law were to be operating in Ghana under Kufuor's NPP Government, should have been in prison to complete his 10-year jail sentence for insurance fraud; should have been on trial for 'escape from lawful custody', and should have been facing a murder charge for a murder he is accused of having committed sometime in 1982.

Today, he 'strides the Ghanaian world like a colossus' (apologies Shakespeare), baring his chest and daring to accuse others of crimes whose knowledge he only has hearsay evidence of

We heard that he ran afoul of British law when he was sojourning there as an exile and ran away to Liberia.

Ghana Palaver now has incontrovertible evidence that Chris Asher, the NPP hero, also ran afoul of US law and may be a 'wanted' man in the USA for all we know.

For the greater part of 2001 and 2002, the US FBI was conducting investigations into the activities of Chris Asher, which showed that he may have violated the US Federal Criminal Code, involving wire fraud and counterfeiting, under US Code 18 U.S.C. 1341 and 1343.

In a letter addressed to Mr. Chris Asher dated March 27, 2002, the Department of Justice, District of Columbia, notified Mr. Asher that the Department would like to discuss his fraudulent activities before deciding to bring formal criminal charges.

Apparently Chris Asher had indicated a desire to enter a debriefing agreement concerning the intended criminal charges.

The letter reminded Chris Asher that as the offences are serious violations, which carry possible jail sentences, he needed to bring an attorney with him but that if he did not have funds to hire an attorney, arrangements would be attempted to have one appointed for him.

The letter warned Mr. Asher that failure to attend the meeting could result in a warrant being secured for his arrest.

Ghana Palaver is informed that Chris Asher attended the meeting, that a second meeting was scheduled, whereupon he hurriedly and surreptitiously departed for Ghana.

This is the man, jailed on one continent (Africa), under suspicion on two continents (Europe and America) and under investigations in about four countries (Ghana, UK, Liberia, USA), whom the National Reconciliation Commission is touting as a hero, who appears to have been granted immunity from arrest by the NPP Government, and who is making unsubstantiated grave and criminal charges against former President Rawlings and his associates on the basis of the so-called evidence of dead men.

Published elsewhere in this paper is the letter of invitation issued under the hand of Assistant US Attorney Marc. O Litt for US Attorney Roscoe C. Howard Jr, and published below are the Federal statutes 18 U.S.C. 1341 on 'Frauds & Swindles' and 18 U.S.C. 1343 on 'Fraud by Wire, Radio or Television'.

We are in touch with our correspondents for the details of Mr. Chris Asher's brushes with the law in the UK as well and these will be published as soon as they are received. 18 U.S.C. 1341 Frauds and swindles ? 1341. Frauds and swindles
Whoever having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretences, representations, or promises or to sell, dispose of, loan, exchange, alter, give away, distribute, sell, offer or produce for unlawful use any counterfeit or spurious coin, obligation, security, or other article, or anything represented to be or intimated or held out to be such counterfeit or spurious article for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice or attempted so to do or else in any post office or authorized depository for mail matter, any matter or thing whatever to be sent or delivered by the Postal Service or deposits or causes to be deposited any matter or thing whatever to be sent or delivered by any private or commercial interstate carrier or hires or takes place at which it is directed to be delivered by any person to whom it is addressed, any such matter or thing, shall be fined under imprisoned not more than five years, or both. If the violation affects a financial institution, such person shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years or both.

18 U.S.C. 1343 Fraud by Wire, Radio, or Television ? 1343. Fraud by Wire, Radio, or Television
Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, pictures, or sounds or the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not ore than five years, or both. If the violation affects a financial institution, such person shall be fined not more that $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.