A 66-year-old trader believed to have scammed three persons to the tune of Ghc32,200 under the pretext of securing UK visas for them to enable them to travel abroad has been dragged before the Accra Circuit Court.
The suspect, Esther Kai Lomotey who is facing three counts of defrauding by false pretenses pleaded guilty with explanation.
She told the court presided over by Mrs. Evelyn Asamoah that she gave all the money she collected from the complainants to a “connection” man who promised to provide the traveling documents but failed.
The accused explained that she sent the complainants to the “connection” man when he failed to provide the documents as he promised.
Following that, the court entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Esther and admitted her to bail of GH¢80,000.00 with two sureties one of whom must be a public servant. Esther Lomotey is expected to appear again before the court on March 3.
Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Fuseini Yakubu said the complainants are Emmanuel Kwabena Yeboah, a businessman, Kwadwo Owusu, and Emmanuel Adjei, both traders. ASP Yakubu said Yeboah and Owusu are residents of Lashibi, while Agyei resides at Buokrom, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
Prosecution said the accused, a resident of New Legon, deals in clothes at Makola with one Kwasi Amanor, a witness in the case.
The prosecution said in the month of August 2019, Esther discussed with Amanor that she could facilitate visa acquisition to enable prospective applicants to travel abroad, based on that Amanor introduced the complainant to the accused.
According to the Prosecution, Esther demanded and collected a cash sum of GHc32,000 from the complainant in the presence of Amanor
ASP Yakubu said, Esther after collecting the money went into hiding and failed to deliver on her promise.
The prosecution said a report was made to the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters and the accused was arrested.
By: Edwin Abanga