Two Ghanaian businessmen have been dragged to an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly defrauding another businessman to the tune of $129,000 under the pretext of buying two cars for him.wpid-court.jpg

The accused persons, David Afriyie and Ekow Kingsley Buah, are being tried in a court presided over by Boakye Yiadom. They have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and defrauding by false pretences.

They pleaded not guilty and have been each granted bail in the sum of GH?20,000 with three sureties, while the case has been adjourned to November 10, 2014.

Meanwhile, an alleged accomplice, who name was simply given as Siaw, has absconded since the arrest of the two suspects.

The facts of the case as presented before the court were that the complainant, Kofi Ntim Manu, is a businessman as well as the accused persons and their alleged accomplice (Siaw).

According to the facts, in 2010 Afriyie went to the complainant and said he had some cars for sale so Manu expressed interest in buying a Mercedes Benz 350 S vehicle and BMW X6 for a friend of his called Awuah.

The total cost of the two vehicles was $60,000 and so Manu gave an initial deposit of $38,000 to Afriyie and Buah after which he later made the final payment of $22,000 in the presence of a witness called Kwame Fori.

Buah was said to have given the complainant certain documents on the vehicles and Manu in turn introduced Fori to Afriyie and travelled out of the country with the hope that while he was away the accused would hand the vehicles over to Fori on his behalf.

Furthermore, it stated that the vehicles never arrived and so after sometime he asked Afriyie when the vehicles would arrive, but he blamed the delay on Buah and promised that he would ship another set of cars to him, but he did not.

According to the facts, the suspects again asked for payment for the shipping of the vehicles and he consequently handed Afriyie $69,000.

The suspects kept promising that the vehicles would arrive, ?adding that Afriyie even said the vehicles had arrived at Takoradi, which turned out to be false.

BY Fidelia Achama

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