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Oscar Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, businessman, has allegedly defrauded a farmer in the Upper West Region, Ganiyu Abdulai Seinu Visii Na Il, off GH¢440,000.00 for the purchase of fertiliser.

Oscar was brought before an Accra Circuit Court on the alleged offence, but pleaded not guilty.

The court, presided over by His Honour Isaac Oheneba Kuffour, granted the accused bail in the sum of GH¢500,000.00 to be justified by movable and immovable property.

Before the granting of the bail, the court was told by Chief Inspector John Gohoho that, the farmer lives in Wa, capital of Upper West Region, while the accused is based in Accra.

He said the accused lured the farmer that he could sell to him 800 bags of “Yara” brand fertiliser at a cost of GH¢410,000.00 to boost his farm yield.

Therefore, on December 5, 2022 and January 16, 2023, the complainant deposited cash in the sums of GH¢180,000.00, and GH¢260,000.00, totalling GH¢440,000.00, into the accused person’s bank account under the name “Northfert.”

The accused, after receipt of the money, packaged and supplied the complainant with a different product, but embossed Yara on the fertiliser sacks.

The accused, subsequently, informed the complainant that the supplies were ready and that the farmer had to convey the products from Accra to Wa at his own cost.

Upon receipt of the supply, the complainant caused the products to be tested, and it turned out that the accused delivered different products packaged in Yara fertiliser sacks instead.

The complainant registered his displeasure about the incident to the accused, but the latter pleaded the adulterated Yara fertiliser products should be taken to Nkoranza.

After the complainant returned the agro products, the accused failed to refund his money and kept on giving him excuses.

The farmer then reported the case to police. The court was told that when the accused realised that the complainant had made a report against him, he rushed to the bank to make a cheque deposit of GH¢50,000.00 on July 31. Regardless of this, the police has preferred the charge against him before the court.

Source: The Chronicle Newspaper

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