Kwadwo Asare, a spiritualist aged 24 and Kwadwo Nuro, a 48 year-old farmer have been granted an GH¢80,000.00 bail each by a Kumasi Circuit Court presided over by Samuel Ansah for defrauding a teacher.
They pleaded not guilty and are to re-appear in court on November 17.
Prosecuting Police Chief Inspector Felix Akowuah, told the court that Bartholomew Asante is a teacher residing at Asante Bekwai, while Asare and Nnuro are relatives, residing at Manso Odaho.
On May 7 last year, Asante was introduced to Asare by a taxi driver as a spiritualist who could double his money for him. Asante then agreed to the deal and gave Asare GH¢20,000.00 to be doubled, but Asare failed to double the money.
According to the police, Asante lost interest in the whole business and decided not to proceed as he could not trust the transaction, but was threatened by Asare to continue with the deal or lose some members of his family as a consequence.
Meanwhile, Nnuro all along, had posed as a beneficiary of the services of Asare which encouraged Asante to increase the money to the tune of GH¢56,000.00, yet Asare could not double the money.
Asare advised Asante to sell off his personal effects and rent out his room so as to raise more funds to be doubled for him.
Sensing that he was being duped, prosecution said on September 15 last year, at about 0800hours Asante reported the matter to the police and Asare was arrested when he called on Asante for additional money.
Asare then led the police to arrest Nnuro from whom Asante’s belongings were retrieved from.
During investigations, Asare admitted having collected the money to the tune of GH¢40,000.00, adding that he gave GH¢10,000.00 to Nnuro.
Nnuro, however, denied neither having conspired with Asare, nor having received the said amount.