Two jailed for engaging in police recruitment scam

arrestThe two persons, who posed as police commanders, and defrauded some farmers and a business man of GH¢50,500.00, under the pretext of recruiting their children into the Ghana Police Service, were yesterday jailed by the Accra Circuit Court “One”

Ernest Kofi Baah alias Commander Wiafe a taxi driver, was sentenced to 10 years in hard labour and fined GH¢1,200.00 (100 penalty units), in default serve additional three months for violently using a police shocker to rob a mason of his GH¢2,500.00, at Ablekuma on January 23, 2017.

Notwithstanding his 10 years prison sentence, Kofi Baah would still be tried for defrauding by false pretence, a charge he had denied.

But Michael Asare alias Commander Theresa, unemployed, who acted together with Baah as Police Commanders in-charge of recruitment at the National Police Headquarters, to defraud the victims, received two years jail term in hard labour.

The convicts dressed in police uniform in January 23, 2017, and claimed they were police Commanders, who could recruit the children of Frank Ansah Sakyi, Ofori Attah, Sharack Ofori, all farmers, and Emmanuel Kumi, a businessman, into the police service and asked them to pay some money.

According to the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu, the victims parted with the afore-mentioned amount, but they (victims) became disillusioned upon realizing that Kofi Baah and Michael Asare had duped them.

The prosecutor said that a report was made to the police and the two criminals were arrested at their hide out.

A search on them led to the recovery of a fake police ID card bearing the name of Michael Asare, three black Police ‘T’ shirts, two pairs of police boots, a police helmet, one police long baton, two pairs of police trousers, two reflectors and one police shocker from them.

Chief Insp Adu said the convicts admitted the offences in their statements and that they faked as police officers to dupe the complainants.

By Castro Zangina-Tong

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