A Koforidua Circuit court has sentenced Obaa Panyin Theresa Tabi, said to be a notorius fraudster, to a five-year jail term for defrauding two persons.
The Court, presided by Cynthia Wiredu, found the lady who is a member of the royal family guilty of the charges against her and sentenced her accordingly.
Theresa Tabi jumped bail during the trial in September where she was accused of defrauding a medical doctor and a teacher and went into hiding.
Supt. Kofi Blagodzie, who led the prosecution, said two persons Dr Joseph Kwame Asumane, a medical officer and Lloyd Twum, lodged complaints against Theresa that in October, 2014, they bought land from her but realized she was not the rightful owner after a search conducted by the two victims at the Lands Commission in Koforidua.
Dr Asumane and Lloyd bought three plots of land at the cost of GH¢24,000 and GH¢7,500.00 respectively from her.
Their investigations revealed that the said plots of land did not belong to her but were rather registered in the names of Beatrice Afua-Obour and Caroline Apeakorama.
When the development was reported to the police, Theresa agreed to refund the money back to the victims but failed to do so. She refused subsequent police invitations and was therefore arraigned before the court when she was arrested by the police later on.
Theresa Tabi, who is said to have gained notoriety for escaping arrests and jumping bails, after the court set a date for ruling in September 2015, was this time arrested at her residence at Okorase near Koforidua after a bench warrant had been issued for her arrest on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.
She was put before the court, presided over by Cynthia Wiredu on Wednesday December 16, having been found guilty of defrauding by false pretenses. The court subsequently sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment to serve as deterrent to others.