A popular serial caller, Ali Yussif Adamu, popularly known as Ali Phobia on the local airwaves has been charged with fraud by the police at a Kumasi Circuit Court.
The businessman, 47, has been accused of defrauding one Kwaku Asante, also a businessman based at Ayigya in Kumasi to the tune of GHC33, 600 under the pretext of helping him to secure an auctioned Mercedes Benz tipper truck and a saloon car.
Ali Phobia, reportedly collected the money from the victim and went into hiding since 2014 in Accra where he is based is based until his arrest in October last year.
Briefing the court, Chief Inspector Felix Akowuah, said the complainant, a business man based at Ayigya in Kumasi said somewhere last year, the accused person approached the complainant that he could assist him to procure a Mercedes Benz Tipper truck and one Toyota Corolla saloon car at a total cost of GHC33, 600.00.
He said Adamu gave the complainant a Stanbic bank account into which payment should be made which Asante dully complied with.
According to him, after withdrawing the money, the accused started giving one excuse after the other and all attempts to retrieve the money proved futile which compelled Asante to lodge a complaint with the police leading to the arrest of the accused person.
Ali Phobia was charged with one count of defrauding by false pretence by the court presided over by Mr John Ekow Mensah, after he pleaded not guilty.
The court granted him a bail of GHC35, 000 with two sureties and asked him to reappear on January 29, 2016.