An entrepreneur who allegedly defrauded a Reverend Minister of GH₵ 510,000 under the pretext of selling to him four plots of land at Adjringanor on Wednesday appeared before a Circuit Court in Accra.
Briamah Sulemana pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to defraud and defrauding by false pretences.
The court presided over by Ms Ellen V. Amoah admitted him to a bail of GH₵ 600,000 with three sureties one to be justified.
Sulemana is expected to reappear on November 3.
Meanwhile, the court has issued bench warrant to apprehend Sulemana’s accomplices who are at large.
They are Freda Esi Demor, Emmanuel Anane, Asamoah Boateng, and Jerome Boakye Danquah.
Prosecuting Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Abraham A. Annor said the complainant Rev Asante Marfo Ahenkora is the Managing Director of Tri-Star Insurance Company Limited.
Prosecution said during the month of August this year, the complainant through an agent, now a witness in the case, Rejoice Akos Esinam Nukorkpor met Esi, Anane, and Boateng met to acquire parcels of land Adjringanor.
DSP Annor said Esi and Anane claimed ownership of the lands while Boateng and Boakye claimed to be siblings of Esi and Anane. Boateng and Boakye testified that the land indeed belong to Esi and Anane.
After bargaining, the complainant agreed at GH₵ 510,000 as cost of the parcels of land.
Prosecution said Esi processed the land documents for the complainant.
The complainant therefore made part payment of GH₵ 50,000 to Esi and later issued a cheque for GH₵ 460,000 to Sulemana.
Few weeks later, the complainant received a phone call from Ms Nuworkpor that the land sold to him belong to another person.
Prosecution said the complainant demanded refund of his money from the accused person but to no avail, hence he reported the matter to the Police on September 11.
During investigations, the Police smoked Sulemana out from Amasaman and during investigations he admitted receiving GH₵ 460,000 through Access Bank and he shared the money among the accused persons who are now at large. GNA