Man nabbed over fake certs

HandcuffsThe University of Cape Coast (UCC) District Police has arrested, Dr. Samuel Caesar Twumson, for allegedly providing a student with a fake certificate to gain admission into the University of Cape Coast.

The suspect is alleged to be charging between GH¢6,000 and GH¢8,000 to swap the results of unsuspecting students who need scholarships for students who do not qualify to enter tertiary institutions across the country.

He was last Friday granted  GH¢50,000 bail with two sureties by the police and is expected to report to the police tomorrow (Wednesday) after a similar report to the station yesterday.

A similar case is allegedly pending against the accused in court following a complaint against him by authorities of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).

The UCC District Police Commander, ASP Kingsley Abrokwa told The Ghanaian Times yesterday that Dr Twumson, chief executive officer of Ash Gold Consultancy Services based in Takoradi was arrested on Thursday, September 3, following a report by the university on September 2 over a fake certificate.

He said the police had preferred an initial charge of forgery of documentation and defrauding by false pretence, explaining that he would be arraigned in court after the completion of investigation into the case this week.

He said following the report to the police, the student in question was interrogated by the police and she mentioned Dr. Twumson as the one who changed the certificate for her to enable her to gain admission into the University of Cape Coast.

The student, he said, told the police that when she inquired why the name on the admission letter was not hers, she was prevailed upon by Dr Twumson to accept it since the discrepancy was made by the university authorities.

Dr. Twumson, according to the student, told her that the anomaly would be rectified in the course of her studies on campus.

ASP Abrokwa said that the student further told the police that the whole process for her to gain admission into the university was  GH¢6,000.

He said when Dr. Twumson was arrested, he told the police that the amount paid to him was for consultancy services and not for the issuance of a fake certificate and fake admission letter.

He said the suspect explained that the admission process and the letter were based on the result slip given to him by the student’s brother for him to secure admission for them.

ASP Abrokwa further said that the suspect told the team of investigators that he had been assisting people to secure sponsorship for their studies on genuine bases and not by fraudulent means.

Authorities of the University of Cape Coast confirmed the arrest and said they were putting adequate measures in place to deal with the issue of swapping result slip for gaining admission into the institution.

They said that on February 25, this year, the suspect floated an advertisement in The Daily Graphic inviting applicants for scholarship.

That advertisement, according to the university, invited students to apply for scholarships to pursue undergraduate programmes in universities across the country.

The advert attracted a lot of parents who submitted results of aggregates 06 to 14 of their wards.

From David O. Yarboi Tetteh, Cape Coast

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