The first hearing of Nana Appiah Mensah’s case following his arrest yesterday moments after he touched down at the Kotoka International Airport took place earlier today, July 12 at an Accra High court.
State prosecutors are alleging that the CEO of controversial gold dealership firm, Menzgold defrauded about 16,000 people of GH¢1.68 billion on the name of investing their monies.
It is the case of the state that the embattled CEO, who returned to Accra on Thursday July 11, 2019 after months of detention in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, contravened sections of the Banks and Specialised Deposits Taking Act, 930 and the Criminal Offences Act while operating Menzgold and its sister company, Brew Marketing.
Particulars of the offenses
A charge sheet sighted by Graphic Online’s Mary Mensah in charge of the crime beat stated that between January 2017 and September 2018, Brew Marketing Consult and Menzgold defrauded one Francis Agodzie and 16,000 others of more than GH¢1.68 billon.
It further accused the two entities of carrying out an illegal deposit-taking business during the same period.
The charge sheet explained that Mensah, Appiah and Tetteh aided Brew Marketing Consult and Menzgold to defraud the customers of the GH¢1.68 billon.
With regard to the charge of abetment to carrying out deposit-taking business without licence, the three suspects are accused of aiding the two companies to illegally carry out a deposit-taking business.
Meanwhile, the Accra Circuit Court has remanded Nana Appiah Mensah aka NAM1, into police custody to reappear before the court on July 26, 2019.
He has also has been charged with two counts of abetment to defraud by false pretence and two counts of abetment to carry out banking business without licence, contrary to Section 6 (1) of the Banks and Specialised Deposit-taking Institutions Act, 2016 (Act 930).
Information from Graphiconline was also used in this report.