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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Source: GNA

Court remands estate developer for forgery

An Accra Circuit Court has remanded Mark Brown, a Real Estate Developer into police custody for forgery of documents, uttering forged document and defrauding by false pretenses.

Mark pleaded not guilty and would reappear on June 24.

Chief Inspector K. Adu told the court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh that the complainant in the case is the internal auditor of the United Bank of Africa.

He said on August 12, 2008, the accused person opened an account with the Bank’s branch at the Ring Road Central with particulars of a non-existing company known as Gemini Consult and was issued with a cheque book.

He said the accused person after opening the account failed to keep it active until January 1, 2014, when he deposited GH¢ 10 into it.

He said on the same date, accused person issued a Cheque with serial No: 059244 in the name of Gemini Consult with the face value of GH¢ 121, 250.00 to the GT Bank for same to be paid into his personal account but UBA could not issue the pre-advice to GT Bank due to system failure.

The prosecution said on January 17, the same year, the system was restored and the pre-advice was accordingly sent to GT Bank not to honour the said Cheque issued by the accused person.

“But unfortunately, GT Bank had already paid the said amount into the personal account of the accused which he quickly withdrew,” he said.

Chief Inspector Adu said on February 11, the same year the complainant reported the matter to the police but the accused person went into hiding.

On June 17, 2015, a warrant was issued and information and photography of the accused was published in the Daily Graphic which led to his arrest on June 4, this year.

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