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Housewife allegedly abets theft of $1,600 at Accra Mall forex bureau

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A 30-year-old housewife, Raquia Mohammed Rashida, has been charged with abetment of crime, specifically stealing $1,600 from a cashier at a Forex bureau in the Accra Mall. Rashida, a Niger national residing in Spintex, pleaded not guilty before the Adentan Circuit Court. Her accomplices, Bashir Mahmoud Ramzy and Yasmin Sadiq Ebrahim, are still at large. The court granted bail to Rashida in the sum of GHS50,000 with one surety and ordered her to deposit her passport at the court’s registry.

According to Chief Inspector Maxwell Lanyo, the complainant, Bernard Sante Appiah, was a cashier at a Forex bureau in the Accra Mall Shopping Centre. On February 27, 2023, Rashida allegedly gave her unregistered Kia Optima car to her accomplices, who drove to the mall for shopping.

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The foreign nationals went to the Forex bureau to change money and requested a $2017-hundred-dollar bill. The complainant sampled a bundle of dollars and asked the male foreign national, who is also a suspect, to sort the notes out while he attended to another customer. However, the male suspect hid some of the dollar notes in his pocket and left the shop with the female suspect.

As soon as they left, the complainant discovered that the bundle of notes he gave out was short of $1,600. He ran after the suspects, who joined the waiting Kia Optima at the parking lot. The complainant tried to stop them by holding the rear of the passenger door, but the driver sped off, bumping into other cars at the parking lot and ramming into the exit gate. The incident was captured on CCTV.

On March 15, 2023, the police arrested Rashida following intelligence reports at Spintex, and retrieved the vehicle, which had been resprayed in a blue-black color with the DV plate hidden in the car. The police asked Rashida to produce the sprayer, but she refused and refunded the $1,600 to the police, which was kept as evidence. Rashida pleaded not guilty before the court, and her case has been adjourned to April 25, 2023.

Source: GhanaWeb

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