By Helena Selby
A-25-year-old unemployed, who is alleged to have defrauded eleven people to the tune of GH¢8,550 has been arraigned before an Accra circuit court.
The accused person, Elvis Atoprah, an ex-soldier, is said to have presented himself as an officer at the enlistment unit of the Ghana Armed Forces, and as a result defrauded people under the pretext of helping them get enlisted into the military.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge of defrauding by false pretence, and has been remanded in custody to re-appear on December 21, 2010.
Summarizing the facts of the case, the Prosecutor, A.S.P A.A. Annor, told the court that from 2008 to 2010, the accused person, under his usual pretext managed to lure the complainants, Nii Odai Prince, Matha Frimpong, Samuel Acheampong, George Kinsley Dogbey, Benjamin Odai, William Gbadagba, Eric Gomado, Charles Boating, Gyamfi Kwame, Kofi Arhin and Evans Sarpong to Accra, and collected monies ranging between GH¢500 and GH¢1,300 – which summed up to GH¢8,550 to help them or their relatives get recruited into the military.
According to the Prosecutor, the accused person, after collecting the monies and certificates of the victims, failed to deliver on his promise and went into hiding. “The accused person was later arrested by the police from the CID headquarters, following earlier complaints lodged against him for similar offence”, the Prosecutor added.
A.S.P Annor indicated that the complainants, who heard the news about his arrest, followed up to the CID Headquarters and also lodged a complaint against him.