- Rakia Alhassan and one other issued a fake cheque to acquire 10 drums of palm oil
- The convict denied ever taking palm oil from the complainant but prosecution proved she lied
A 55 year old trader by name Rakia Alhassan has been handed a 10 year imprisonment for fraud. The woman who is a trader, was convicted of defrauding the complainant of GHc 13,000 worth of palm oil.According to the facts of the matter, the complainant received a call from a woman unknown to her in September of 2016. The caller identified herself as Vivian.
Vivian informed the complainant of her willingness to buy 50 drums of palm oil. The volume was later negotiated down to 10 drums. But on September 8 of the same year, Rakia Alhassan met the complainant. She introduced herself as a partner of Vivian.
The complainant was then led to a house at Ashaiman Lebanon and told it was the point where the oil would be received. However, on the following day that complainant supplied the oil, she was taken by the convict and Vivian to a house at Valco Flats.
The woman, Vivian, who had begun the whole process with a phone call then issued an ADB cheque to the complainant. After Rakia and Vivian had left her, the complainant went to the bank where it was revealed that the cheque was invalid.
According to the prosecution, the complainant then made a report to the police. Attempts to locate the two buyers did not yield a positive result until October of 2016. Rakia Alhassan was traced to Ashaiman Taifa.
After she was arrested, Alhassan claimed she had no idea who the said Vivian was. She also denied taking palm oil from the complainant. However, a witness in the matter testified that the convict had sold five jerry cans of palm oil to her around the same period.
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