Phone seller grabbed for fraud

David Appiah,the suspect

David Appiah,the suspect

David Appiah, 41, a phone seller who allegedly attempted to use fake pharmaceutical drugs to dupe a businessman of 7,500 dollars, has been arrested at Tesano in Accra.

The Head of the Documentation and Visa Fraud Section of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID),Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Seth Sewornu told The Ghanaian Times the suspect was in custody  assisting in investigations.

He said the businessman (name withheld), who is the complainant in the case, received a phone call from an unknown person, who introduced himself as Enoch and presented himself as an old friend of the victim.

DSP Sewornu said the caller convinced the complainant that a financial controller at the United States Embassy in Accra needed the compressed drug for a higher price.

He said a man who introduced himself as Owusu arranged to meet with 66 packets of the substances, which he claimed was a pharmaceutical product called “SINAPI”.

DSP Sewornu said the two met and with such false representation and collected 25,000.00 dollars from the complainant.

He said the complainant later on inspected the product and found it to be fake and also lost all contacts of the suspects after the money was collected from him.

DSP Swornu said on August 16, the complainant’s son also received a telephone call from another caller demanding 7,500 dollars to supply him with similar product.

DSP Sewornu said they feigned interest and the suspect was arrested when he attempted to supply him with the products.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

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