A former worker of the Persues Gold Mine at Ayanfuri, Samuel Yamson, has been fined GH¢2,500.00 by the Tarkwa Circuit Court for defrauding nine of his colleagues.
Yamson, 27, a roller operator, pleaded guilty to the offence.
He would go to prison for five years in default of the fine.
Detective Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah told the court that the complainants were residents of Ayanfuri, Bogoso, Tarkwa and Takoradi, and the convict lived at Bogoso, all in the Western Region.
He said the complainants and Yamson were co-workers at the gold mine, but Yamson was transferred to Accra, and dismissed from the company in May 2015.
According to Detective Amponsah, Yamson returned to Bogoso and informed the complainants that the Golden Star underground mines at Akyepim, was about to commence work and that his uncle was the Community Affairs Manager and he had asked him to begin the recruitment process.
The prosecution said the convict collected passport pictures, CVs, application letters, copies of drivers licenses and various sums of monies, amounting to GH¢29,670.00 from the complainants, and went into hiding.
The complainants who later realised that they had been duped, started searching for the convict but they could not locate him.
Chief Insp Amponsah said on November 3, this year, some of the complainants saw Yamson in the Bogoso town and they reported him to the Police, and he was arrested.
He said at the police station Yamson admitted the offence in his caution statement.