A Reverend Minister, Edward Buabeng, was sentenced to 519 years in prison by an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Evelyn Asamoah.
On Monday (16 January), Rev. Buabeng was sentenced after being found guilty on 173 counts of conspiracy to commit a crime and defrauding by false pretences.
The convict would be sentenced to eighty years in prison on each count, but the sentences would run simultaneously.
Wilfred Brown, a 58-year-old accountant who was the second accused, was cleared of all charges by Mrs. Asamoah.
Aubrey des-Bordes Mends, the third accused, escaped shortly after her plea was taken and bail was granted at the start of the case. The court issued a bench warrant for Aubrey’s arrest.
Nonetheless, the case was finally resolved after a three-year trial in which 12 witnesses from over 100 defrauded victims testified against the accused.
John Osei-Kumi and Brenda Adolphine Appiah, a husband and wife, were the complainants in the case, according to Chief Inspector Benson Benneh, who was prosecuting the case. He stated that the complainants are both marketers and bankers.
The court was also informed that the accused and complainants all reside in Accra’s Dansoman Community.
He stated that John and Brenda invested US$7,000.00 and Brenda US$6,000.00 into the convict’s company, Career Link Marketers Company Limited, with an expected return of 40% for three months.
The complainants made the investment in July 2018, but when the deadline for the convict to pay their principal and interest passed in October of the same year, he failed.
Meanwhile, the complainants’ attempts to compel the convict to pay their money were futile, and the latter went into hiding.
As a result, the complainants filed a complaint with the Dansoman Police Station. Following that, the police received over 100 complaints from people who had also been duped by Rev. Buabeng.
According to the police investigation, the complainants invested approximately GH1,193,136 and US$185,408.00 in the convict’s company. The convict was arrested and detained by police for further investigation.
Rev. Buabeng admitted the offence in his caution statement to the police, according to the prosecuting officer, but he also promised to pay back the complainants their money since the company has the funds to do so.
C/Insp Benneh went on to say that the convict broke his promise. Regardless of the fact that Career Link Marketers Company Limited is registered with the Registrar General Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has not issued it a licence to operate.
He continued by saying that the convict had paid GH 115,000.00 during the course of the investigation, and that money had been given to the complainants.
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