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Court Remands Trader For Duping Vulnerable Entrepreneurs

Source The Ghana Report

The Accra Circuit Court has remanded a 29-year-old suspect for taking €64,000.00 from nine entrepreneurs with the aim of securing visas for them.

Umoro Faisal promised to secure visas for travel to Germany, France, Greece and Italy but failed to deliver.

He pleaded guilty after being charged with nine counts of defrauding by false pretence.

The court, presided over by Samuel Bright Acquah, remanded the culprit and adjourned the case to December 13, 2022.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Augustus Yirenkyi, prosecuting, informed the court that “the complainants were entrepreneurs, while the accused person was a resident of Dansoman Zabramaline”.

The prosecution said, “in 2021, the complainants had some discussions with one Nana Yaw, who lived in Germany, on how they would be helped to travel to Germany, France, Italy, and Greece, respectively”.

After the discussion, “Nana Yaw introduced one Issifu Abass, his brother and a witness in the case to the complainants and led him to the accused person for the commencement of the visa process”.

The prosecution said, “Issifu did exactly as directed by Nana Yaw and handed over an amount of €64,000.00 together with six Ghanaian passports to the accused person”.

“The accused person informed the complainants that the visas can be obtained at Abuja in Nigeria. Therefore, all parties travelled to Abuja to obtain the visa but failed”.

The prosecution said, “the accused person then told the complainants to return to Ghana while the visas were being processed”.

From there, the complainants tried to reach out to the accused person via phone but failed.

The prosecution said, “a report was made leading to the arrest of the accused person, who was cautioned and volunteered a statement to that effect”.

Police retrieved two Ghanaian passports from the suspect and kept the same for evidential purposes as the court awaits the accused on December 13.

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