Man held for fraud

A 35-year-old man who allegedly swindled four people, has been apprehended by the Odorkor Police in Accra.

Felix Owusu Banahene, was arrested at his hideout at Darkuman an Accra suburb, following several complaints lodged against him to the police.

He was reported to have collected between GH¢10,000 and GH¢34,000 from his victims in order to provide them with auctioned vehicles but failed to do so.

Briefing The Ghanaian Times, Chief Superintendent Abraham Acquaye , the Odorkor District Police Commander, said the police received a report from a complainant, Kofi Amoako from Sowutoum Manjorn that last February, Banahene collected GH¢8,500 from him under the pretext of selling an auctioned Toyota Corolla vehicle to him.

He said the suspect took him to a garage at Achimota and showed him the Toyota Corolla which he (Amoako) was interested in, and paid the said amount to Banahene who went into hiding after collecting the money.

He said several attempts to reach Banahene proved futile following which a complaint was lodged with the Police who upon a tip-off, arrested him at Darkuman in Accra.

Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed that the vehicle he showed the victim was not his car and that he was waiting for a vehicle to be delivered to him by a friend for the victim.

While in custody, two other victims identified him as Joshua Aboagye and Justice Amoako, also reported that Banahene used the same modus operandi to defraud them of between GH¢10,000 and GH¢34,000 under the pretext of supplying them with auctioned vehicles.

The victims said, they were also taken to a garage at Achimota to make their choices of vehicles after parting with the amounts to him at Novotel Hotel.

Their case was reported at the Motor Theft Unit at the CID Headquarters.

The fourth victim, Madam Efua Asumadu of Kumasi, who heard of the arrest of suspect, went to the station and reported that the suspect was in Kumasi in March and introduced himself as a car dealer who needed vehicles to supply to his customers urgently in need of vehicles to buy.

Chief Supt. Acquaye said Banahene reportedly told the victim that he had some customers in dire need of vehicles to buy.

Madam Asumadu, who was then selling her two vehicles, one registered and the other unregistered, came to Accra together with the suspect and after familiarising herself with his house, handed the two vehicles, together with two flat screen television sets and two Iphones to the suspect to be sold for her.

The suspect after collecting the vehicles and the other items went into hiding.

Madam Asumadu after waiting for suspect but to no avail, went to the suspect’s supposed Tantra Hills residence but was told he did not live there.

Madam Asumadu , according to Chief Superintendent Acquaye, consequently reported the case to the Old Tafo Divisional Police .

He said suspect would be put before court soon.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong


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