2 Teachers jailed for defrauding 82 students of GH¢164,000

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The Kumasi High Court has issued four months imprisonment sentence to two teachers for defrauding 82 nursing training students to the tune of GH¢164,000.

One of the teachers, Kwabena Kingsley, was a parliamentary candidate for the Afigya-Kwabre East for the PPP. The other was Osei Francis. They duped the students after convincing them that they could help them secure a scholarship from Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, founder of the Progressive People’s Party.

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The two were teachers at the Najahiya Islamic JHS and Nuria Primary School in Kumasi. Kwabena Kingsley was slapped with a three-month jail term, while Osei Francis was sent on a one-month jail term.

They were charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit crime, defrauding by false pretence and forgery. Although they pleaded not guilty to the charges, they were found guilty of all the charges after two years of trial.

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The judgement was raised by the presiding judge Justice Francis Obiri. He said the court considered the fact that the convicts were first-time offenders, and had a lot of dependents.

It was stated by the judge that the suspects refunded the monies involved to the complainants when then need arose.