Mr. Augustine Aquah Mensah, a 40 year old businessman has been confined in police custody by the Agona Swedru circuit Court for fraud.
However, the man who lives at Kasoa in the Awutu-Senya East Municipality, pleaded not guilty. The case has been adjourned to February 4th,2021.
The complainant is said to be Dr Stephen Yeboah, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lucky Herbal Clinic. According to the prosecutor, Police Chief Inspector Maxwell Yaw Buadu, Mr Mensah introduced himself as a businessman to Dr Yeboah somewhere in January, 2016 and requested a loan of GH¢ 180,000.00 to aid him clear some goods at Tema Harbor imported from Canada.
Mr Mensah convinced and assured Dr Yeboah that he will refund the money or give him some of the goods in exchange for the money being lent. To be sure of the accused, Dr Yeboah contacted a Mr Ebo Aidoo believed to be the step father of the accused. Being assured, on October, 18th, 2016 and January, 1, 2017 the complainant issued a cheque of GH¢ 30,000.00 and GH¢ 150,000.00 summing up to GH¢ 180,000.00 to the accused as requested.
The prosecutor said after clearing the goods, the accused refused to refund the money and went into hiding. All efforts made by the complainant to locate Mr Mensah and get his money back yielded nothing.
An official complaint was lodged at the Winneba Police Station on 19th of November, 2020 and all attempts made by the police to get the accused to assist in their investigations failed.
However, on January 1st, 2021, Mr Mensah was seized from his boltout with a warrant, said Chief Inspector Buadu.