A forty-year-old car dealer and resident of Ahenema Kokoben, Kwabena Tawiah, has been arraigned before a Kumasi circuit court for defrauding a sales assistant of 500 cartons of Agya Appiah Bitters worth GH¢15,000.
He was alleged to have conspired with two others, now at large, to defraud the sales assistant, Stephen Quansah, of the said goods and issued him with a dud cheque.
Tawiah was charged with conspiracy to commit crime, defrauding and abetment of crime.
He pleaded not guilty to all the three counts and was granted bail in the sum of GH¢16, 000 with two sureties to be justified by the court, presided over by Mr D.W.P. Amedior.
He is to reappear on April 16, 2014.
Presenting the facts of the case, Chief Inspector Sylvanus d’Almeda, told the court that on February 24, 2011, the complainant, Quansah, had a call from a certain woman to supply her with 500 cartons of the product at Daban, a suburb of Kumasi.
He said the complainant supplied the said woman on the same day with the products and she gave him a cheque to cash from the Ezi Savings and Loans Company in Kumasi.
However, Mr D’Almedida said, when the complainant presented the cheque on the same day at the saving and loans company, it was dishonoured.
He said Quansah rushed back to where he had delivered the drinks only to be told that the drinks had been conveyed to an unknown destination and the woman was nowhere to be found.
According to him, on March 8, 2011, Tawiah was spotted by the police at Saltpond selling the products below the factory price which aroused their suspicion and so he was subsequently arrested with 16 cartons of the product in his possession.
Mr d’Almeda said Tawiah was escorted to Kumasi for investigation and was alleged to have told the police during interrogation that he received the products from one Sammy in Kumasi on February 25, 2011 and came to Saltpond to sell them.
He said efforts to trace the said Sammy had proved futile.
On March 9, 2011, he said Tawiah was granted police inquiry bail to assist in investigations but failed to report to the police until he was arrested on March 17, 2014 in another case by the SWAT Bravo, formerly Buffalo Unit of the police.
Source: Daily Graphic
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