On August 30, 2023, Prince Tagoe failed to appear before the court, leading to the issuance of a bench warrant for his arrest. However, on Wednesday, September 6, he appeared before the court with his counsel, Mr. Kwesi Kwakye, and made a payment of GH¢C71,000 in connection with the case.
Mr. Kwakye informed the court about the bench warrant and requested its revocation. He proposed that the GH¢71,000 paid by Tagoe be given to the complainant.
The court has granted the request, and the matter has been adjourned to September 27.
Prince Tagoe is accused of defrauding former Black Stars Assistant Coach, George Boateng, of $40,000. He allegedly collected the money with the promise of importing a Lexus sports utility vehicle for the coach.
Tagoe has denied the offence but has made partial payments of GH¢20,000, GH¢70,000, and GH¢71,000, respectively.
The court has granted Tagoe bail in the sum of GH¢100,000 with three sureties, one of whom must be a civil servant. Additionally, one of the sureties can be justified with landed property.
Prosecution details revealed that the complainant, Mr. George Antwi Boateng, a former Ghanaian footballer based in Germany, and Tagoe, a former player, met in Ghana in 2020. During their meeting, Boateng expressed his need for a vehicle.
Tagoe agreed to import a vehicle for Boateng for $40,000, equivalent to GH¢265,200. On January 8, 2021, $40,000 was deposited into Tagoe's bank account, and he acknowledged receipt via phone call.
Tagoe promised to deliver the vehicle by March 30, 2021 but failed to do so. He requested an additional two weeks but still couldn't import the vehicle as promised.
Boateng travelled to Ghana on April 27, 2021, to collect the vehicle but was unsuccessful. Tagoe allegedly informed him that he couldn't import the vehicle because he had used the money for other pressing matters.
Reporting by Joyce Danso. Editing by Mariam Aminu.