From Samuel Duodu, Sunyani
A student of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Nana Gyekye-Apeatu, has been sentenced to a fine of GH¢1,500 for fraud.
The convict was said to have announced openly at a conference he attended at the Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU) Hall in Accra in May, last year, that he could assist relations of other participants to secure admissions into any of the country’s health training institutions.
Another participant, Mr Ampofo Twumasi, took the bait and later paid Nana Gyekye-Apeatu GH¢750 to assist three of his relatives to secure admission into the training school but he (convict) failed to deliver and rather went into hiding.
Gyekye-Apeatu, was however, arrested at the UCC Campus and sentenced after he pleaded guilty to the charge of defrauding by false pretences at the Sunyani Magistrate Court “A” presided over by Mr R. K. Quanson.
He will in default serve a two-year jail term in hard labour.
The facts of the case were that on January 19, 2009, Twumasi, an employee of the Catholic Education Unit in Sunyani, went to seek the convict’s assistance for his three relations and was charged a fee of GH¢750, which was paid into the convict’s account at Sunyani.
At the close of admission however, the complainant’s relatives did not secure the admission and therefore he demanded a refund of his money but to no avail as the convict went into hiding.
Police investigations traced the convict to the university campus, where he was picked up and sent to Sunyani where he was arraign.