President of Challenging Heights, a Winneba-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Mr James Kofi Annan has been cited for fraud by the Winneba District Police Command.
He was charged with two counts of dishonestly appropriating GH₵100,000, contrary to section 147 of the Criminal and Other Offences Act, 1960, Act 29 and Stealing, which is also contrary to section 124 of Act 29 and Money Laundering.
The charges were proffered when he appeared before the Winneba District Court, presided over by His Worship, Isaac Oheneba Kuffour
He was charged alongside two other accused persons – Anthony Enyan (whose real name is Desmond Nyan) and John Banafo – on the same charges, but the court was told that the third accused is currently at large.
Facts of the case
Presenting the facts of the case to the court, the prosecutor, Sergeant Doreena Azumah told the court that, the first accused received an amount of GH₵100,000 in his account from a different account, a deposit he knew was mistakenly paid into the said account.
She added that notwithstanding his knowledge of the money not being his, the president of Challenging Heights, a local NGO, went ahead to utilise the said amount.
The court was told that attempts by the complainant to retrieve the amount have proven futile, as Annan has become recalcitrant and engaged in hide and seek with the depositor in an attempt to evade the refund of the said amount, leading to the victim lodging a complaint with the police.
She told the court that several calls, invitations and attempts to reach out to James Kofi Annan proved futile, leading to his arrest and subsequent arraignment before the court.
Admission by accused
The prosecutor further told the court that, the first accused (Kofi Annan) admitted to having received the amount in his account.
This paper has learnt that, at a press conference organised and addressed by Dr Annan, he admitted having received GH₵100,000 in his two separate accounts in two equal instalments, and same was appropriated by him.
The first and second accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the two counts against them.
Counsel for first and second accused, Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe applied for bail for the two, which application was granted by the court.
The lawyer applied for a self-recognisance bail for the accused persons, but the court granted same to the first accused, Kofi Annan, and GH₵10,000.00 bail bond for the second accused with a surety to be justified.
The case has been adjourned to April 21, 2020.
Dr Annan had earlier held a press conference in an attempt to twist the issues and to divert attention by accusing the Winneba District Police Command of an attempt to scandalise him.
But the Winneba District Police Command, speaking to the media on the matter, said Dr Annan had been evasive, as he turned down numerous invitations by the police until a warrant of arrest was secured from the court to effect his arrest.
NDC dissociates itself
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Effutu Constituency has since distanced itself from Dr Annan.
A statement to that effect was signed and released to the media last week by Alexander Dadzie, the constituency communications officer.
Source: The Finder