From Samuel Duodu, Sunyani
A young man who refused to pay for a five-hour taxi fare has come face to face with the law for possessing 28 fake dollar notes.
Ahmed Abdulai was driven straight to the Sunyani Municipal Police Station after he refused to pay the taxi driver and a search on him revealed the $100 notes bearing the same serial numbers.
Abdulai, believed to be in his mid-20s, was arraigned before a Sunyani Circuit Court, presided over by Mr Justice Kwame Ohene Essel, on August 19, 2009 and granted bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 with two sureties to be justified but he failed to meet the bail bond.
When the case was called for hearing on August 26, 2009, his counsel failed to turn up and was remanded in police custody.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge of possessing fake currency and would re-appear on September 2, 2009.
The prosecution told the court that the police was still conducting further investigation into the matter as intelligence report indicated that Abdulai was part of a fake currency syndicate operating in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The facts of the case were that Abdulai hired the taxi in Sunyani on July 14, 2009 from 4 p.m to 8.30 p.m for his rounds.
However, the accused decided not to pay for the services provided by the taxi driver, who reported the case to the police.
A search conducted on Abdulai by the police revealed that 24 pieces of the notes bore the same serial numbers while the remaining four also had the same numbers. A further check by the police at the bank also revealed that the dollar notes were fake.