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Immigration officer in court for alleged GH¢ 31,000.00 fraud

By
Regina Benneh, GNA

Sunyani, July 1, GNA –
The trial of an immigration officer, who is alleged to have defrauded a
Sunyani-based teacher of GH¢ 31,000.00 commenced on Tuesday at the Sunyani
Magistrate Court ‘A’ presided over by Mr Jojo Hagan.

The accused, Justice
Amissah-Baiden, 39, stationed at Aflao in the Volta Region made his fourth
appearance before the court on a charge of defrauding by false pretence and the
case was adjourned to Tuesday, July 27, 2017.

Amissah-Baiden pleaded
not guilty to the charge in his first appearance on January 11, 2017 but was
granted bail by the court in the sum of GH¢ 50,000.00.

Chief Inspector John
A. Kwachie, the Prosecutor had earlier told the court that the accused took the
amount through his account with the number 70110101156807 at the Ghana
Commercial Bank, Sunyani main branch from the complainant, one Stephen Elolo
with the pretext of giving him three saloon cars, two Mercedes Benz and a
Toyota Corolla in 2012.

He said the accused
who was then stationed at the Brong-Ahafo Regional office of the Ghana
Immigration Service (GIS) in Sunyani brought one Mercedes Benz vehicle with the
registration number GT5141-12 but was intercepted by a patrol team of the
Customs Excise and Preventive Service Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority
that it did not have proper documents.

Chief Inspector
Kwachie said when accused was informed about the incident, he promised to make
proper documentations to cover it and also ensure that the other two vehicles
would be delivered to the complainant.

But the accused failed
to fulfill his promise and was not even heard of again until complainant later
learnt of his transfer to Aflao, the Prosecutor said.

He said efforts to
reach the accused through phone by the complaint proved futile and complainant
reported the matter to the Sunyani Police for investigations.

Chief Inspector
Kwachie said the Police then sent a letter to the authorities of GIS at Aflao
to produce accused person to assist in their investigations in an alleged fraud
case and was consequently arraigned before the court.

GNA

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