4 arrested for swindling businessman in gold deal

Suspects  from left Richard Osei,Aikins Ameho,Mark Kojo Conry and Kofi Amehoun affer their arrest.Photo Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi...Four people have been arrested by the police for allegedly defrauding a businessman from Dubai, of $325,000.00 in a gold deal.

The four Aikins Ameho, 40, a Computer Technician, Kofi Amehoun, 34,a small scale miner, Richard Obeng Osei, 38, a Consultant and Mark Kojo Conry are in custody at the Accra Regional Police Command.

They were said to have presented 13 kilogrammes of fake metal bars with yellow coating to the businessman.

They are alleged to be operating in a gang and many people might have fallen victim to the scam.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Timothy Yoosa Bonga, told journalists at a news conference that two other accomplices, Emmanuel Kwesi Dotse, and Samuel Kofi Grant Kontoh were being sought for by the police.

He said in June this year, the suspects and their accomplices were introduced on phone to the victim (name withheld) by Mr. Dawti (based in Dubai) as small scale miners.

Dotse, Kontoh and Conry through a series of conversations, convinced the man that they had gold for sale invited him to Ghana for the gold business.

On June 28, the man arrived in Ghana and was welcomed by Dotse and Kontoh who took him to meet Conry at Iteltec Investment Ghana Limited located at East Legon in Accra, to examine the gold.

ACP Bonga said after the examination was completed, Conry, Kontoh and Dotse went along with the victim to his hotel where he paid them $325,000  in exchange for a metallic safety box which they told him contained the gold.

The suspects after taking the money from the victim told him to wait while they deposited the money at the bank, but absconded and all efforts by the victim to contact them proved futile.

After many hours of wait, the victim became suspicious and broke the safety box to check the contents; and discovered that it contained fake metals.

Soon after he returned to Dubai, however, Conry and Amehoun contacted the victim with a different telephone number and told him they had some gold to sell.

According to ACP Bonga, the man feigned interest and contacted the police who advised him to return to Ghana.

On his arrival, on August 12, the man, acting on police directives, Conry and Ameho at his hotel to discuss the gold sale and all agreed to proceed to Iteltec Investment Ghana Limited, to conduct another examination on the gold being offered for sale at $400,000.

He said the suspects were arrested and a safety box and two yellowish metallic substances which Richard Obeng Osei claimed to be genuine gold, were seized

“A further search on their mobile phones revealed pictures they had sent to the complainant and other unsuspecting victims, some of whom they had succeeded in duping,.” he said.

The Regional Commander urged the public to be wary of any business engagement and avoid strangers who approach them with various forms of business proposals through the internet or on phone.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi




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