Painter remanded over $40,000 fraud, resisting arrest

The Accra Circuit Court has remand­ed in police custo­dy Michael Ansah, a 32-year-old painter, on charges of defrauding by false pretence and resisting arrest.

Ansah is alleged to have collect­ed $40,000 (GH¢410,000) under the pretext of shipping and selling a Mercedes Benz to Quacy Free­man, but went into hiding.

Ansah indicated to the police during investigation that he was unable to produce the vehicle because “it was a vehicle he had stolen from a white person in the USA.”

Ansah failed to appear before the court presided over by Mr Isaac Oheneba Kuffour.

Prosecution, led by Inspector Wisdom Alorwu prayed the court for a bench warrant for Ansah’s arrest.

The court granted prosecution’s request and the police nabbed Ansah and arraigned him.

When Ansah appeared before court, it did not take his plea and remanded him for one week.

Insp Alorwu said that the com­plainant is a trader and a resident of Kwabenya, Accra and Ansah a painter residing at Ogbojo, Accra.

Prosecution said in November 2022, Ansah went to the shop of the complainant with pictures

 of a Mercedes Benz GLE and convinced him that he owned the car which was in the United State of America.

Insp. Alorwu said Ansah claimed he had used the vehicle and produced some documents to support his claim.

Prosecution said accused told the complainant to pay $40,000 so that he could ship the vehicle to him.

Insp. Alorwu said Ansah intro­duced a man called Fred to the complainant as the one who was keeping the vehicle.

Prosecution said the accused demanded and collected the money, and promised to produce the vehicle in one month.

Insp Alorwu said accused failed to produce the vehicle and the case was reported police.

The court heard that Ansah was arrested at Kwabenya, but escaped from the police custody.

Insp Alorwu said when the police attempted to arrest him, he resisted, but he was overpowered and grabbed.

The court heard that accused said he was unable to produce the vehicle be­cause “it was stolen from a white person in the USA.” — GNA

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