A businessman is accused of tricking a military woman into paying a total of GH 295,000 so that he would carry out a number of tasks on her behalf, but he never followed through.
A portion of the sum was given to Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, as part of these activities to appoint the military woman as a Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), which amounted to roughly GH70,000.
Additionally, GH70,000 was granted to him to be used to buy two lots of land in Agyiriganor, Accra.
This information was found in a Chronicle newspaper article from July 19, 2023.
The report claims that on January 16, 2023, in Burma Camp, Wisdom Kumordzi, 43, allegedly persuaded the military woman, whose name was stated as Dorcas Owusuaa, to pay him the specified sum.
The military soldiers are alleged to have given the suspect, Kumordzi, a total of GH 295,000.00.
He stated that a portion of the money will also be distributed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the heads of the EOCO, CID, GRA, National Security, NIB, and the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, as well as his Secretary, in order to unlock his finances that were being held at the Central Bank.
In a high court in Accra presided over by Judge Samuel Bright Acquah, Kumordzi is accused of committing 10 charges of fraud by false pretences. He was held in police detention for two weeks after entering a not guilty plea to all counts.
The complainant reported the accused to the police on April 15, 2023, according to Chief Inspector Daniel Danku, the prosecuting attorney, who laid out the case’s facts in front of the court.
According to evidence presented to the court by the prosecutor, between September 2022 and February 2023, Kumordzi stole money totaling GH 295,000.00 from Owusuaa under the pretence that he needed the money to buy a piece of land in Agyiriganor and to pay the aforementioned people so they would free his frozen monies.
Chief Insp. Danku stated that GH$15,000 would be given to the Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), GH$15,000 to the Secretary to the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), GH$20,000 to the Director of the Economic Organised Crime Office (EOCO), GH$20,000 to the Governor of the BoG, and GH$50,000 to the head of national security.
The complainant also gave GH12,000 to each of the IGP (Inspector General of Police), the Director of CID (Criminal Investigation Department), and the head of NIB (National Intelligence Bureau); the Director of CID received GH10,000, and the NIB chief received GH13,000, respectively.
In addition to November 15 and 18, 2022, December 2 and 5, 2022, and February 1 and 9, 2023, the defendant received the funds on other occasions.
In conclusion, the court was informed that the accused spent six months defrauding the complainant in order to obtain large quantities of money.
The accused began playing hide and seek with the complainant after receiving the aforementioned money, according to the prosecutor, until she eventually convinced him to follow her to the Cantonments Police Station, where he was apprehended.
The accused acknowledged receiving the money from the complainant, but he maintained that it was because of a business deal with his fictitious wife.
The accused asked time from the police, according to Chief Inspector Danku, so that they could return the money to the complainant.
Kumordzi has so far paid the police GH110,000.00, which has been given back to the complainant upon request.