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General News of Saturday, 4 June 2011

Source: The Daily Star

Two Lebanese arrested for bid to defraud Ghana bank

BEIRUT: A Lebanese man was arrested by Interpol in Ghana for attempting to defraud a bank of around $4.4 million, according to a Ghanaian newspaper. The Daily Guide newspaper reported Friday that Ahmad Ali Ibrahim, 54, fled to Lebanon from Ghana, abandoning a rental car at the airport, as soon as he heard of the arrest of his fellow suspect Najib Arnaout, who is also Lebanese.

Ibrahim, who is the chief executive officer of Rah-Latraco, a company which exports charcoal from Ghana to Lebanon, according to the newspaper, was subsequently arrested after he attempted to regain entry to the African country.

The two men were charged with attempting to defraud a bank by forging payments from three companies for a total of $4.4 million, money that was transferred into three separate bank accounts opened by the suspects.