The Koforidua Circuit Court on April 28, 2022, discharged all the accused persons brought before it after they were charged with Defrauding by false pretences under Section 131 of the Criminal Offences Act (Act 29) of 1960 in a case involving Qnet Independent Representatives.
The court which was presided by her Ladyship Justice Marian Offoh Polley discharged all the persons after the prosecution led by State Attorney, Nana Gyankoma Djaba Mensah Esq, informed the Court that pursuant to further and thorough investigations, no case was found against them, leading to a full discharge by the Court.
Some 15 Representatives of the Qnet company were remanded into police custody on Tuesday, October 19 last year after the police charged them with defrauding under false pretences.
The news of their arrest generated publicity on various news portals since over 400 persons were “paraded” by the police for allegedly having engaged in wrongful acts in Koforidua as independent representatives of QNET.
Further to the discharge, Counsel for the accused, Derek Yeboah Gyamfi Esq, told the media earlier this week that he was pleased that justice was served. He stated that freedom of assembly, association, right to work among other issues are the fundamental human rights of every Ghanaian enshrined in the Constitution of Ghana.
To this end, he called on all to seek clarity on the activities undertaken by people instead of branding them as engaging in wrongful activities without a scintilla of proof.
Mr. Yeboah Fofie, a Consultant of QNET to the Ghana region, indicated that QNET is an international direct-selling company that deals in direct sales of various products and services via their independent representatives (IRs), and were paid accordingly on sales undertaken.
“The company is not a recruitment agency, investment company nor a “deposit-taking organisation or engaged in anything untoward. He advised persons to ask the necessary questions when they visit any of the offices dotted around the country,” Mr Yeboah Fofie said.
He recognised there may be misinformation in the industry due largely to the lack of knowledge about the industry.
Mr Yeboah Fofie stated that to deal with this, the company launched the MAMA campaign in Accra some few weeks ago to educate Ghanaians on the company’s business, and industry generally and raise awareness of the red flags.