A Ghanaian businessman domiciled in Canada, Kwabena Appiah Brenya, has pressed a criminal charge against his baby-mama, Charity Frimpong, 38, for allegedly defrauding him off GH¢350,000.00.
Charity has currently been granted bail in the sum of GH¢200,000.00 with two sureties, of which one should be justified by landed property.
The businessman’s baby-mama was arraigned on one count of defrauding by false pretence last week Thursday at an Accra Circuit Court, presided over by Adelaide Abui Keddy.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and was ordered to attend court on December 12, 2022.
Charity’s charge was read to the court by the police prosecuting officer, Chief Inspector Maxwell Ayim, who described the parties in the case as friends with benefits.
C/Ins Ayim, presenting the case, said while Mr Brenya (complainant) is a Ghanaian domiciled in North America, Canada, the accused is a trader residing at Mile ‘7’ in Accra.
According to him, although the complainant and accused claim to be friends, they have a child together.
He said somewhere in March 2022, the complainant shipped two cars – Honda CRV 2020 model – to the accused to clear and sell on his behalf, after which the proceeds should be deposited with his nephew, Evans Kwame Kwarteng.
The prosecutor alleged that the accused, after selling the cars at a total sum of GH¢350,000.00, failed to do just as the complainant has instructed.
The accused allegedly sealed her failure to give the money to the complainant’s nephew with the excuse that she bought Treasury Bill with the proceeds.
However, he indicated that when the complainant returned to Ghana and demanded the money, the accused led him to Ecobank, Dome branch, where a teller disclosed to him that Charity bought the Treasure Bill, but it would mature in five working days.
Interestingly, after the maturity day, the accused again failed to give the money to the complainant, and based on this, a complaint was lodged with the Accra Regional Police CID, resulting in Charity’s arrest on October 31.
The court was told that the accused admitted the offence, but stated that she used the money to purchase water and drinks to be sold in her shop.
After the investigation, the accused was charged with the offence and put before the honourable court.