Steel Bender Grabbed For Attempting To Defraud Former Minister

An Accra Circuit Court has granted GH¢120,000 bail with two sureties to a steel bender, Michael Mensah,  who attempted to defraud a former Minister of State, under the pretext of supplying him with boxes of oil well cement.

One of his sureties should be justified and he will appear again before the court presided over by Ruby Naa Aryeetey on January 3, 2019.

He had denied conspiring with one Tamakloe, his accomplice, who is currently on the run for attempting to defraud   Rashid Pelpuo, Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa Central in the Upper West Region.

Police Chief Inspector Isaac Agbemehia told the court that the prosecution witness is a former Minister of State and resident at Nii Boye Town whilst Mensah lived at Santa Maria – both suburbs of Accra.

He said about a month ago, Mensah introduced himself to the former Minister as the Chief Executive Officer of Bui Power Authority and could supply him with quantities of the oil well cement.

The prosecutor continued that Mensah also introduced Tamakloe as his partner and they all agreed to supply him with 25 boxes of the so-called oil well cement; each valued at GH¢60,000.

He said on November 7, this year, the accused requested that Mr. Pelpuo meet him and Tamakloe at “Aunty Aku’s” Junction around Santa Maria for him to make a part payment of GH¢120,000.

He said the two went in a taxi cab, where Tamakloe remained in the waiting taxi whilst Mensah went to meet the minister.

He said unknown to Mensah, the police had by then hidden somewhere when he got out to meet the MP; he was arrested and when Tamakloe noticed what had happened, he hurriedly escaped.

The prosecutor disclosed that after investigations, Mensah was charged and arraigned.