Taking Transportation Fee From A Man And Refusing To Go Is A Crime – Ghana Law
Claim: Taking money in return for a promised visit but failing to show up is against the law in Ghana and is subject to punishment.
Fraud based on a false pretense is illegal under criminal law Act 29 Section 130, although the case raised in this claim depends on a variety of variables.
According to a post shared on Ghanaian social media, men who find themselves in the predicament of having to pay for a woman’s travel expenses without her keeping her word or returning the money can file a lawsuit against the woman for defrauding by false pretense.
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What does Act 29 Section 132 of Ghana’s criminal law say?
According to Section 131 of the Criminal Law, if someone deceives another person using false pretenses or by impersonating someone else to obtain their consent to give up or transfer ownership of something, they are considered guilty of defrauding by false pretense.
In Section 133, false pretense is defined as making a representation about the existence of certain facts with the knowledge that it is false or without believing it to be true, and with the intention to deceive and defraud.
This representation can be communicated through spoken or written words, personation, or any other form of conduct, sign, or means. The representation can include the non-existence of something or a representation about rights, liabilities, authorities, abilities, dignities, or grounds of credit or confidence resulting from alleged past facts.
However, it does not include a mere representation of someone’s intention or state of mind, nor a mere representation or promise about future events or actions. Under Section 131, defrauding by false pretense is considered a second-degree felony.