Real Estate Developer in court for fraud

Accra, A Real Estate Developer, Awudi Solomon Selassie, has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court for defrauding one Samuel Darkwah of an amount of over GH2.095 million.

He defrauded the complainant of the said amount under the pretext of using the said amount to process documents at the British Royal Court of Justice to acquire the Estate of deceased, one, Harrison Foster.

Awudi pleaded not guilty to the charge but was remanded by the court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh.

The court also adjourned the matter to May 10, for the prosecution to be able to conclude investigations, and for the court to rule on the bail application by the counsel for the accused person.

The facts of the case as presented by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Stephen Adjei, was that, the complainant is the Manager of GN Bank, in the Eastern Region, while the accused person is an Estate Developer living at Spintex, Accra.

He said in November 2016, the accused person, in a Facebook chat, with the branch manager of GN Bank, Akwatia, introduced himself as a lady and the Chief Auditor and Head of International Remittance of AL Rayan Bank plc, in the United Kingdom.

In the course of the chat, Awudi proposed to the complainant, that, her customer, one Harrison Foster, was shot dead while in Tripoli and left behind a fortune without a next of kin. Before he died, he had $14.5 million in his account.

The prosecution said he convinced the complainant, that he would give him the account details and also assist him with a solicitor, to facilitate the acquisition of the estate of Harrison, as his next of kin.

ASP Adjei told the court that the accused succeeded in convincing the complainant and took GH2,095,610.96 under the pretext of using the money to process the necessary document at British Royal Court of Justice, which would be required to collect the $14.5million.

On April 21, Awudi, who received GH200,000.00 into his Ecobank account visited the bank to clear the money and was arrested to assist investigations.

The prosecution told the court that, police investigation has established that, there are other accomplices known to the accused person who also received some of the money in their account.

Source: Ghana News Agency