4 arrested for GH¢13,300 fraud

(iinsert) the fake dollars in a trunkA four-member gang has been busted by the police for allegedly possessing a trunkful of fake dollars.

Kofi Ohemeng, 44, a farmer, Joe Charles Boakye, 48, trader, Kwaku Affum, 35, Estate Agent, and Kenneth Obeke, 45, a Nigerian, were said to have also swindled a mining engineer of GH¢13,300.

The suspects are reported to have been operating as a syndicate for some time now and it is believed a number of people might have fallen victims to their nefarious activities.

The Accra Regional Police Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Paul Kontomah, told The Ghanaian Times that the complainant (name withheld) returned to Ghana from Gabon recently to invest in a business.

He said the complainant discussed the issue with his friend Boakye who told   him he knew some businessmen who could assist him.

Chief Supt. Kontomah said the complainant was introduced to Ohemeng by Boakye and four others, now on the run.

He said that on December 6, Ohemeng met the complainant and a witness in the case at an abandoned house at Parakuo Estate which Ohemeng claimed to be his office and demanded GH¢13,300 from complainant as registration fee which he readily paid.

Chief Supt. Kontomah said three days later, Ohemeng invited the complainant and witness to his office for an emergency discussion.

“On his arrival, Ohemeng and four others including a whiteman told them they used the money to print United States dollars but were unable to complete the printing so they needed an additional 25,000 US dollars to enable them to purchase more chemicals to invest, and give him (complainant) 100 per cent interest”, he added.

Chief Supt. Kontomah said the complainant became suspicious about the deals, and told them he was going to mobilise the money but rather went to inform personnel of the National Security.

He said on December 10, the personnel of the National Security and the police arrested the suspects at the office.

Chief Supt. Kontomah said a trunkful of fake dollars, and bottles containing substances suspected to be used in printing the fake currencies were retrieved from them.

He said during interrogation, they admitted defrauding the complainant.

Chief Supt. Kontomah said the suspects would be put before court today, and charged with conspiracy to defraud by false pretences and possession of fake currency.

By Anita Nyarko

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