A couple who allegedly defrauded a consultant of $433,400 under the pretext of selling him two apartments at Airport Residential Area, but failed, on Monday, appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.
Ehizogie Bintie and Edwatta Benitie are charged with conspiracy to defraud and defrauding by false pretences, and pleaded not guilty.
The couple have each been admitted to bail in the sum of GH¢100,000 with four sureties each, of whom one should be gainfully employed. They are to reappear on March 4.
Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) George Amega said the complainant, resides in Accra.
DSP Amega said Ehiozogie is 41-year-old Engineer, and his wife, Edwatta, aged 40, are both Directors of Clear Space Company Limited, a business development consultancy firm, and both reside at Airport Residential Area.
The prosecution said in March 2017, the complainant expressed interest in acquiring an apartment at the Airport Residential Area, and was introduced to the couple by one John Aacht as persons who could help in the acquisition of the apartment.
DSP Amega said a meeting was then scheduled for Ehizogie and the complainant, and an agreement was reached that two apartments would be sold to the complainant by Clear Space Company Limited at the rate of $600,000 and $500,000 each.
The prosecution said the complainant then made a down payment of $200,000 for each of the apartments to Ehizogie in the name of Clear Space Company Limited, and concluded that the remaining balance on the amounts would be paid after the company had built and reached the lintel levels of the apartment within three months.
The prosecution said, as time went by, the complainant added $33,000 to $400,000, but the couple failed to fulfill their part of the agreement, and so a report was made to the Criminal Investigations Department and they were arrested.
The prosecution said police investigations were later extended to the Registrar General’s Department to authenticate the records of Clear Space Limited, which confirmed its core mandate is a business development consultancy firm, and not an estate development agency.
The prosecution said the records revealed that Edwatta is the majority shareholder and a Director, while Ehizogie is also a shareholder and Director.
Ehizogie, in his caution statement, admitted having collected the money on behalf of the company, though they refused to deliver as agreed.