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Ex banker on trial for fraud

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A former employee of a major Ghanaian bank has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court in connection with a $152,400 fraud case.

Karl Andah, a businessman, was accused with allegedly obtaining $152,400 and GHC4,000 under the guise of transferring ownership of a four-bedroom flat at East Airport.

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Andah has pleaded not guilty to charges of deceiving by false pretences and fraud.
Madam Afia Owusuaa Appiah, the acting judge, granted Andah bail in the amount of GHC300,000 with two sureties to be justified.

The court noted that the rationale should be within its authority.
The accused is scheduled to appear in court again on April 18.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Emmanuel Haligah described the complainant, Hamatu Mujis Jamal, as a businesswoman.

According to the prosecution, Andah is a former head of private banking and property manager for a major Ghanaian bank.
According to the complaint, the complainant met Andah in 2014 while hunting for a home for her father, Alhaji Mohammed Muntari Musah, and other family members.

According to the prosecution, Andah informed the complainant that he was the owner of the four-bedroom flat at house number 1, American Road, Hydrafoam Estate, Airport, Accra, and that the home was for sale.

According to the complaint, the complainant got intrigued and they talked and agreed on a purchase price of $170,000.
The funds were to be disbursed in stages.

According to the prosecution, the plaintiff paid Andah $28,000 the day after they met.
Following that, $46,000, $29,400, $15,000, and $25,000 were deposited into Andah’s bank accounts.

It was reported that $4,000 and GHC4,000 were paid to Andah’s mother-in-law on separate days following Andah’s instructions.
According to the prosecution, Andah received $5,000 from the complainant on another occasion to purchase a plane ticket and stated that it would be part of the payment for the residence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff paid $152,400 and GHC4,000 and was supposed to pay $17,600 for the four-bedroom residence.

According to the prosecution, investigations indicated that Hydrafoam Ghana mortgaged the stated residence to Andah in 2014 using a bank loan.

According to the complaint, Andah did not have complete title of the property when he paid the complainant $152,400 to sell it to her.

According to the prosecution, the plaintiff was evicted by the bank on August 13, 2021, in accordance with a court order.

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