The State has amended the charges against the Chief Executive Officer of Menzgold, Nana Appiah Mensah, alias NAM1.
NAM1 was facing 13 different charges at an Accra Circuit Court.
His charges have however been increased by 48, making it 61. The new charge sheet has 13 complainants who alleged being defrauded to the tune of ¢ 1.1m.
They include Volkan Basler ¢ 350,000, Kofi Tweneboah ¢100,000, Godfred Oduro Yeboah ¢94,500, Evelyn Twerefuor ¢ 170,000, Emmanuel Oppong Cobby ¢ 200,000, Rachael Siam ¢ 28,000 and Frank Konadu Agyemang ¢ 26,000.
The charges include defrauding by false pretences, abetment to defraud by false pretences, carrying deposit business without a licence, abetment of sale of minerals without a licence, sale of minerals without a licence, abetment to the unlawful deposit-taking, unlawful deposit-taking and money laundering.
Prosecutors have accused Nana Appiah, his wife, Ms Rose Tetteh; and his sister, Ms Benedicta Mensah, of using Menzgold as a tool to defraud more than 16,000 people of GH¢1,680,920,000.
Nana Appiah has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. His wife and his sister are, however, at large.