Pastor caught in recruitment scam

A 33-year-old Pastor of The Rock Prayer Ministry has been remanded into prison custody by a Kumasi Circuit court for allegedly defrauding five people of GH¢32,000.00 under the pretense of enrolling them into the security services in the country.

Peter Mensah, the suspect, who has been charged with four counts of defrauding under false pretense and possession of fake dollar currency, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court presided by Mary Nsenkyire ordered the suspect to re-appear on October 25, 2016.

The Prosecutor, Police Chief Inspector Hannah Acheampong told the court that, Mensah is a resident of Kwadaso, in Kumasi and a Pastor of the church.

Chief Insp. Acheampong mentioned Benjamin Fosu, Lydia Oduro Mensah, Joana Agyin and two others as the complainants and residents of Antoa, Ahodwo and Labadi respectively.

According to prosecution, Mensah, in July this year, circulated information that, he was recruiting people to be enrolled into the Ghana Immigration service, Police Service as well as the Bureau of the National Investigation (BNI).

Chief Insp. Acheampong, said, Lydia, Joana, and Benjamin contacted Mensah, who asked them to look for other people who were also interested in the enrolment.

According to prosecution, they (Lydia, Joana and Benjamin) contacted other interested people and they all mobilised GH¢32,000.00 and paid it to Mensah to help in the enlistment.

After collecting the money, Mensah gave them flimsy excuses whenever they asked about the deal and later went into hiding, prosecution told the court.

Lydia, Joana, Benjamin and the other two lodged a complaint at the Tafo Pankrono Police Station in Kumasi and Mensah was arrested on September 16, this year, the court heard.

Chief Insp. Acheampong said Mensah, admitted the offence and mentioned Nana Gyamfi, who resides in Cape Coast and Nuhu Haruna as his accomplices.  Mensah told the police he had 200 US dollars at home in Kwadaso, which he could use to defray the amount.

Prosecution told the court that, Mensah led the Police to his house for the dollars only to find out that, the dollar notes were fake.

The court said efforts by the Police to arrest Nana Gyamfi and Haruna proved futile.


From: Augustina Kwabea Osei, Kumasi



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