419 Fraudster Dupes Chinese Bank

A Nigerian 419 fraudster, Anselem Cashile, who claims to be a Ghanaian from Kumasi, has been charged with stealing by an Accra Circuit Court. Cashile, despite claiming to be from Kumasi, could not pronounce the name of city properly. His inability to correctly pronounce ‘Kumasi’ did not only force the audience in the courtroom to call him a liar, but also influenced the presiding judge, Patience Mills Tetteh, to tell him in the face that he was not a Ghanaian. When asked which part of Kumasi he came from, the 419 man said he was from Ashanti, a suburb of Kumasi. He also mentioned his mother’s name as Naadiya and immediately added that “my mother said I am from Kumasi but I live in Nigeria.” Even though the judge sensed the accused person was lying, she granted him a GH˘60,000 bail with three sureties, who must be Ghanaians. The accused person, who pleaded not guilty, has been charged to report to the police every Monday. Court will sit on the case on September 9, 2011. Prosecutor ASP Margaret Ayidaana Awuni, in her submissions, said the accused person, who had been operating an HFC bank account at the Ridge branch in Accra since 2007, on July 13, 2011 received $59,976 from the Bank of China, which he withdrew periodically. According to Stephen Ofori Darkwah, the Operations Manager of the bank and also the complainant, on August 3, 2011 the bank received a message that the $59,976.00 was mistakenly sent to Cashile’s account and that it need to be returned. According to the complainant, the message was apparently received after the accused had withdrawn a larger portion of the money, adding that only $281.55 remained. The accused person, sensing danger, was said to have resurfaced at the bank and requested that his account be closed and a new one opened for him, an action which led to his arrest by the bank, after which he was handed over to the Adabraka Police Station. According to the prosecutor, during police investigations, the accused maintained that he was innocent but only used his account to receive the money for one Appiah Uchey, who is at large. The accused person is yet to assist the police to apprehend the alleged suspect for questioning.