Pastor Kelvin Elson Godson, also known as Kelvin Kwasi Kobiri, is the founder and general overseer of the Zoe Outreach Embassy Church. He and his wife, Sabina Elson Godson, have been charged with defrauding 875 people out of more than GH$23 million under the guise of, among other things, securing them land plots.
At the court presided over by Justice Mary Yanzuah, the two have been charged with 41 charges of conspiracy, defrauding by false pretense, and money laundering.
They’ve entered a not-guilty plea to the accusations.
The presiding court granted the accused people bail in the amount of GH$23 million apiece, with three sureties, each of whom had to provide documentation of real estate holdings.
One of the sureties is required to leave his or her passport with the court’s registrar as part of the bail requirements.
Once more, all sureties are required to submit valid national identity cards to the court’s registrar.
Until the matter is resolved, the two must submit a monthly report to the Economic Crime Unit.
The matter has been postponed till mention on September 5, 2022.
According to the information provided by Assistant State Attorney Dorm Esi Fiadzoe, the majority of the 875 complainants are members of Pastor Godson’s churches in Tarkwa and its surroundings in the Western Region, as well as Accra.
The proprietors of EL Real Estate Limited are both Pastor Godson and his wife.
From the prosecution, Pastor Godson also owns Fromfrom Capital Limited, a business he purchased from its founders and registered in the names of his staff members who are holding it on his behalf.
According to the prosecutor, Pastor Godson announced to churchgoers and the general public at the beginning of 2018 that he was running a “Lease buy back” scheme in which he would sell them land plots and other landed property, have the money invested in his investment company, and then later purchase the same at higher prices.
Pastor Godson and his wife allegedly invested the money received from the sale of the land through Tikowrie Capital Limited, Fine Fort Capital Limited, Top FX, and Edge FX, the prosecution further charged.
Again, the prosecutor claimed that in a letter dated April 18, 2019, the National Security Coordinator asked the Director General of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police to look into the actions of the EL Real Estate Limited in regard to dividend payments to their investors.