THE Magistrate court at Amasaman presided over by Ms Mariam Sinare on Tuesday, fined Kwabena Amoah, 45, GH¢120 fine for defrauding a trader of GH¢350 under the guise of supplying her with charcoal.
He will go to prison for four month s in default.
In addition, he is to refund a GH¢350 he took from Eunice Sarpong, the trader under the guise of supplying her with a charcoal.
Amoah pleaded guilty and was convicted on his own plea.
He explained to the court that, forestry official at the Tafo forest resource, where he was to burn the charcoal had refused him entry into the forest to burn cut out logs for the charcoal.
Amoah said he therefore had to invest the money into a tomatoes farm.
He assured proceeded the court that, the tomatoes will ripen in a month’s time and after harvesting, he will refund the money to Eunice.
The court did not accept Amoah’s explanation and went to convict him accordingly.
The prosecutor Sgt. F.A. Ansah had earlier told the court that, Amoah tricked Eunice, a trader at Ofankor to part with GH¢300, on December 20, last year with a promise to supply her charcoal.
The prosecutor said Amoah instead went into hiding but was traced to a hideout and arrested.