Student Arrested Over Sale Of State Plots Worth GH¢83,500

Student Arrested Over Sale Of State Plots Worth GH¢83,500

An Accra circuit court, presided over by Mrs Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku,  has revoked a 100,000 cedis bail given to Elvis Amoah, a student who allegedly defrauded a man of GH¢83,500.

Amoah had defrauded Dr Isaac Kwabena Boakye, a medical practitioner resident in Germany of the said amount under the pretext of selling four plots of land at Kwabenya in Accra which turned out to be state property.

At the last sitting, Amoah who is a student of the Illinois Institute of Technology in the USA,  prayed the court to grant him two months adjournment to visit his ailing mother in the Brong Ahafo Region but the court declined and gave him two weeks. As part of the bail conditions he was asked to deposit his Ghanaian passport and USA green card to the court, which he obliged.

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On December 30, however, Amoah attempted to travel outside the country but was nabbed by security officials at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), who handed him over to the court.

The court therefore revoked his 100,000 cedis bail and remanded him into lawful custody to reappear on January 18.

The court further ordered for the seizure of his new Ghanaian passport and green card which he had acquired.

Amoah was charged with defrauding by false pretences in May 2015, where he pleaded guilty.

Prosecuting Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) A.A. Annor told the court that in 2010, when the accused person was in Ghana he made the complainant, Dr Boakye believe that he could secure him four plots of land at Kwabenya in Accra and collected GH¢ 83,500 where he allegedly issued the complainant with an Indenture dated November 3, 2011.

When the complainant attempted to develop the land he was resisted by another person which prompted him to conduct an official search at the Lands Commission where it came to light that the land belonged to the State.

Amoah failed to refund the money and attempted to sneak out of the country through KIA, last year. Ghana Immigration Service officers who had been served with his arrest warrant immediately caused his arrest.

Amoah in his caution statement admitted the offence.

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