The son of former Tamale Central MP Inusah Fuseini, Abdul Inusah, has responded to widespread reports that he has been convicted of fraud and money laundering in the United States of America and faces 50 years in jail.
Speaking in an interview on Asaase Radio, Abdul Inusah said he’s innocent of all charges.
He repeated his father’s claim that his documents were used by friends to commit the crimes, and said the Ghanaian media have completely misreported the facts of the case.
According to him, after receiving notice of his indictment in June 2021, he contacted his lawyers to put up a defence for him because he was innocent.
“I was given a series of plea deals. I refused them because you only accept plea deals if you have committed a crime. Upon realisation that they had already apprehended nine people who were someway somehow linked to me because I had bought a few of them vehicles somewhere in 2018, while a student in the same university and they were also students, and that was in a different indictment,” Inusah said.
He continued: “I decided to opt for trial. I was superseded 3 times to where the count now became 8. I have seen 50 years, but I was offered a plea deal of 6 months jail time, but I still refused until it got to somewhere this month. We went for trial, which lasted for 4 or 5 days till the Jury came out with somewhat of a verdict pronouncing me not guilty for 3 to 4 charges of those counts and 4 charges they thought I was guilty of on those other counts.
“From there, obviously, the justice department would have come out with a communique talking about what happened in court during the trial. It was those that the Ghanaian media fetched its reports from,” he noted.
The former MP’s son launched an attack on the Ghanaian media, claiming half-truths had been reported about his situation.
“My utmost worry right now is not fighting my case or proving my innocence to the Ghanaian public. My very utmost problem right now will be my family and friends who have been affected by these half-truth publications, with utmost respect because I don’t want to discredit anybody’s work,” he said.
“But these are half-truths, and people’s lives in Ghana are being affected, especially my family and loved ones, and I would like to apologise to them that they should take heart and keep having faith that their brother and son is innocent and will soon be a free man and we will rejoice and jubilate with the people of Ghana,” he added.
A 31-year-old Ghanaian man, Abdul Inusah, was convicted of receipt of stolen money, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of wire fraud.
Prosecutors for the Justice Department revealed that Inusah was part of a conspiracy that targeted victims using false personas via email, text messaging, and online dating and social media websites.
After news of his son’s conviction, the former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources came out to reveal his son had been wrongly convicted after former colleagues used his identity to commit the said crimes.