Caterer defrauds 500

Patricia Ama PanfordA50-year-old caterer, Patricia Ama Panford who posed as a senior police officer to defraud 500 people of GH¢900,000 under the pretext of enlisting them into the Ghana Police Service, will appear in court today.

Her accomplices, Alex Bampoe and Frank Acheampong, both policemen, are at large and being sought for by the police.

A fourth person, Chief Inspector Edward Kwakye, stationed at the Obuasi Police Station, is on interdiction pending police service enquiry into his role in the matter.

Panford is said to have defrauded her victims, with the assurance of recruiting them under the Special Police Protocol Allocation.

Parading herself as a senior police officer, the suspect impersonated Deputy Superintendent of Police Rhodaline Florence Annor, of the office of the Director-General of Police Human Resource Department, Police Headquarters, who was in charge of recruitments.

She was alleged to have collected various amounts ranging from GH¢2,000 to GH¢3,000 from her victims between 2010 and 2012. The moneys were, however, paid through the Ghana Commercial Bank Express Transfer and Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) money transfers in her name, Patricia Panford.

Police sources told the GhanaianTimes that Panford, a native of Yamoransa in the Central Region, used the name of DSP Annor to dupe her victims.

It said when the police received complaints about the fraud from the victims, DSP Annor was placed under service enquiry and interdicted pending investigations into the matter. However, the investigations revealed that she was being impersonated by Patricia Panford, with the connivance of the policemen.

Subsequently, Panford was declared wanted, while Kwakye was invited by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and, thereafter, interdicted.

Panford was arrested on September 28, 2014, at Yamoransa and detained at the CID Headquarters in Accra, and during investigations, she confessed that she did not know DSP Annor but mentioned Kwakye Bampoe and Acheampong as accomplices, saying she hatched the plot and engaged the others as agents to defraud the people.

The police source said an identification parade was organised by the police for the suspect to identify her accomplices, and she pointed out Kwakye, even though DSP Annor was one of the officers who took part in the parade.

When DSP Annor was later made known to her, Panford confessed she did not know her, and denied ever using her name in any of the transactions.

Prior to this testimony by the suspect, a voice recording purported to be DSP Annor’s went viral on radio stations, and online networks.

However, at the identification parade, Panford admitted that the voice in the recording was hers.

By Malik Sullemana

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