Fake pastor jailed 10 years for fraud

Isaac Kofi, 30-yera-old self acclaimed pastor, has been jailed  10 years  by the Ashaiman circuit court  for defrauding by false pretence.

Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ahenkorah Afrifa,  Ashaiman Divisional Police Command , told the court that, the accused was arrested on this month  from his hideout after series of complaints were made against him.

Prosecution said that, accused defrauded some unsuspecting persons of more than GHc22,540.

According to ASP Afrifa, accused introduced himself to one Reverend Joshua, in charge of Global Reform Church, in Adenta, Accra,  as someone who could “double” money for people.

He further revealed that, Rev Joshua later introduced the accused to another congregation at his local branch  in Zenu in the Ashaiman municipality.

ASP Afrifa told the court that the accused told the complainants at different locations that he had special soap, which when used after six weeks, their moneys in their individual bank accounts would  multiply.

ASP Afrifa mentioned Ms. Pharida Gifty Doku, Ms. Faustina Doku Ghc  Mr. Kojo Benjamin, Madam Agatha Maame Appiah as some of the victims.

Prosecution said the complainants collected the special soap from accused and used as instructed, but their money did not multiply even after two months .

ASP Afrifa said accused went into hiding until he was arrested early this month, adding that accused pleaded guilty and vowed  not to engage in such acts again.

The Ashaiman circuit court presided over by Mr. Gabriel Mate-Teye noted that defrauding by false pretence was an offence contrary to section 131 of the criminal offences act 29(1960). – GNA

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