MP in court docket over alleged fraud, cash laundering

MP in court docket over alleged fraud, cash laundering

The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Jirapa Constituency within the Higher West Area, Dr Francis Bawaana Dukura, has appeared in court docket on fees of fraud and cash laundering.

Dr Dakura is alleged to have collected GH₵3.5 million equal of $900,000 between April 2016 and January 2017.

This was beneath the pretext of promoting a 2.8-acre land belonging to the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) at Roman Ridge in Accra to the Chief Govt Officer of Prefos Firm Restricted.

The MP pleaded not responsible to defrauding by false pretences, falsification of accounts, forgery of different paperwork, uttering of solid paperwork and cash laundering.

He was arraigned on the Accra Circuit Court docket, and the court docket, presided over by Mrs Rosemary Baah Torsu admitted the MP to bail within the sum of GH₵3.5 million with 4 sureties, one to be justified.

The opposite sureties are to be of ample means and unbiased.

The trial has been adjourned to December 16.

Mr Francis Xavier Sosu, who represented the MP prayed the Court docket to confess his consumer to bail as a result of he was a sitting MP.

Mr Sosu mentioned he didn’t see something within the details of Prosecution regarding the cost of cash laundering.

The Defence Counsel mentioned on the proper time, they may show their innocence regarding the costs.

He mentioned as a result of the MP was a household man and had a set place of dwelling and ought to be granted self-recognizance bail however this was declined.

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Mr Asare mentioned the complainant was Alexsie Kwasi Fosu, Chief Govt Officer of Prefos Firm Restricted, and that between April 2016 and January 2017, the accused collected the money of $ 900,000 or equal of GH₵3.5 million for the sale of two.8 acres of land at Roman Ridge.

The prosecution mentioned the complainant reported the matter to the police, which launched investigations and established that someday in 2016, a witness within the case led the MP to the complainant and launched him (the MP) because the Board Chairman of the Ghana Museum and Monument Board (GMMB).

Mr Asare mentioned the accused instructed the complainant that the GMMB has indicated its intention to promote 2.8 acres of its land at Roman Ridge by an affiliate firm generally known as Heritage Fund for Arts and Tradition (HFAC).

The prosecution mentioned police investigations established that the accused represented to the complainant that HFAC being affiliated to GMMB has been charged by the Board to supervise the sale of the mentioned land.

Mr Asare mentioned the accused additionally instructed the complainant that the land was going for A million {dollars} together with a facilitation payment of $100,000.

The Prosecution mentioned primarily based on that, the accused demanded and acquired cedis equal of GH₵3.5 million in 2016.

Mr Asare mentioned the accused upon receipt of the cash, indicated in two separate letters addressed to the complainant that the Challenge Implementation Committee (PIC) of HFAC had unanimously agreed to grant the two.8 acre at Roman Ridge to him.

The Prosecution mentioned Police investigations later disclosed that the accused was not the Board Chairman of GMMB as he claimed.

Mr Asare mentioned, “additional, Police investigations additionally confirmed that HFAC was integrated by the accused in Could 2016 as a way to masks fraudulent actions”.

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