A traditional priest was sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labour by the Accra Circuit Court.
The juju man was found guilty on charges of fraud by false pretense after he failed to turn GH¢8,000, belonging to a trader, into GH¢80,000 as had promised earlier.
Benjamin Doe, the convicted "money-doubler" was also fined GH¢3,600. His failure to produce the fine will resilted in an additional 2 years jail sentence for the juju man.
According to the prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police Mrs Adiza Suleman, the victim - a trader in Prestea in the Western Region, had responded to a TV advert by the spiritualist in which he (Doe) claimed to have the powers to help businesses flourish.
The unsuspecting fraud victim thus traveled to Adjen Kotoku near Accra, where the fetish priest was resident and expressed interest in having his money doubled after speaking on the phone with Doe.
"Doe then demanded GH¢8,000 to turn into GH¢80,000," the prosecutor said.
After the initial GH¢8,000, the juju man then demanded another GH¢13,540 from the victim to buy items "to pacify the gods". However, Doe failed to honor his promise of doubling the cash given him and also refused to return the money to the victim.
The victim reported the matter to the police and Doe was arrested on April 10, 2015.
In passing judgment, the court, noted that although Doe had paid back part of the money to the, he was sentenced to serve as a deterrent to so-called spiritualists who dupe people in society.