BUSTED FOR FRAUD! Justice Amissah Baidoo
AN IMMIGRATION officer stationed at Aflao in the Volta Region is facing jail after being arraigned in court for swindling a top Kumasi-based lawyer of GH?14,000 in an auction car deal scam.
Justice Amissah Baidoo, the accused person, in the month of May 2013 preyed on the trust of his victim, Matthew Appiah, Esq., a barrister at law, and short-changed the complainant to fund his lavish lifestyle, after making fraudulent misrepresentation to him.
He was remanded in custody by a Kumasi Circuit Court when he appeared before it yesterday, pledging to pay back the GH?14,000 in two weeks. He is expected back in court on January 21, 2014 to continue his trial.
The immigration officer plunged audience at the court?s public gallery into laughter when he indicated that he was not conversant with the English language and preferred to communicate his native Fante language.
Police prosecutor, Chief Inspector Silvanus Delmeida informed the court presided over by Justice Emmanuel Amo Yartey, a High Court judge with additional responsibility at the circuit court, that the complainant was a lawyer residing at Daban in Kumasi.
According to prosecution, the accused person, Justice Amissah Baidoo, is an immigration officer stationed at Aflao in the Volta Region.
Somewhere in May 2013, Chief Inspector Delmeida said the accused person told the complainant that he could assist him to buy an auctioned C220 Mercedes Benz saloon car at a price of GH?14,000.
Prosecution narrated that lawyer Matthew Appiah expressed interest to buy the car after seeing pictures of it, and parted the said money to the accused immigration officer.
Amissah Baidoo pledged to get the complainant the Mercedes Benz car in three weeks? time upon receipt of consideration, but failed to redeem his promise at the appointed time.
All efforts by the complainant to retrieve his money failed, compelling him to report the matter to the police, Chief Inspector Silvanus Delmeida told the court.
He added that the accused after his arrest told police investigators that the car had been intercepted in Togo by customs officials there upon its purchase, and therefore pleaded with the police to give him some time to pay back the money.
The police prosecutor said the immigration officer again failed to honour his pledge, and after investigation Amissah was charged with the offence and arraigned thereof.
From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi