The Adjabeng District Court in Accra has sentenced Olu Olarusi Toyin Tracy, a Nigerian, and Yvette Mensah, to a fine of GH¢3,600 each, for providing false information to the National Identification Authority (NIA).
The convicts who were charged with conspiracy to commit crime by providing false information to officials of NIA, in default of payment, will serve six months in prison.
They both pleaded guilty to the charges and were convicted on their own plea. Meanwhile, the court ordered that Toyin Tracy, also known as Tracy Mensah, should be repatriated to her country of origin after serving her sentence.
On November 19, 2021, Toyin Tracy, accompanied by Yvette Mensah, went to the Head Office of the NIA to acquire a Ghana Citizen Card.
Tracy had in her possession a Ghanaian Birth Certificate, one of the documents required for acquiring a Ghana Card.
The convicts were directed by the NIA registration Official to the CID (NIA) Office for vetting, interrogation and authentication of documents towards the acquisition of the Ghana Card.
The police detected that the birth certificate possessed by Tracy had the name “Tracy Mensah” with Yvette Mensah, as the mother, and one Alhassan Fusieni, as the father, all Ghanaians.
Further investigations disclosed that, Yvette Mensah was not the biological mother of Tracy and that, the two were not related in any way.
Investigations also revealed that the name Tracy Mensah was adopted by Olarusi Toyin with the consent of Yvette Mensah to enable her have a Ghanaian lineage.
Again, it was revealed that, Tracy’s biological parents were Nigerians and she was born in Nigeria.
Yvette Mensah in the course of interrogations confirmed to police that, she was contacted by Tracy to assist her acquire a Ghana Card, by playing the role of a mother on her birth certificate. She (Toyin) indicate that her hometown was Agbozume, in the Volta Region. -GNA