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Businessman granted bail over visa fraud

Court Gavel 1 Alifa, the suspect, was arraigned after investigations into the alleged crime of fraud

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 Source: ghananewsagency.org

A businessman, who allegedly took GHC35,000.00 from an Accountant under the pretext of securing him a Canadian visa, was Monday granted a bail in the sum of GHC50,000.00 with two sureties by an

Accra Circuit Court.

The sureties, the Court requested, should be gainfully employed,

Adam Alifa, however, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and defrauding by false pretences. He would make his next appearance on January 7, 2019.

Joseph Appiah Lamptey, his alleged accomplice was, however, not in court.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) George Amegah, told the Court presided over by Mrs Harriett Jane Akweley Quaye, that Thomas Kusi was a resident of Kumasi; whereas both Alifa and Lamptey lived in Accra.

In October 2017, Alifa was introduced to Kusi, now the prosecution’s witness, as the one who could help him (Kusi) to secure a Canadian visa, DSP Amegah explained.

Alifa then led Kusi to Lamptey and they agreed on GHC35,000.00 as the fee for processing the documents.

The Prosecution explained that Kusi made a part payment of GHC20,000.00 to Alifa who then gave it to Lamptey and later paid the rest of GHC15,000.00 through a bank account they gave him.

He said after taking the money, however, the two went into hiding until Alifa was arrested and led police to Lamptey.

Lamptey has so far admitted to receiving only GHC15,000.00.

However, Alifa has since paid GHC7,000.00.

After investigation, he was arraigned.

Source: ghananewsagency.org
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