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Police in the Ashanti Region have arrested five suspected fraudsters during an operation undertaken by officers at the Tafo-Pankrono Divisional Police Command.
The suspects; were picked up at their hideout on Monday at Atimatim, a suburb of the Ashanti Region.
They include, 33-year old trader, Karim Mohammed, 31-year old Mason, Nana Kwadwo and a business man, 31-year old Yaw Baffour.
The others are; 31-year-old business man, Kwaku Yeboah and a 20-year-old electrician, Daniel Oppong.
According to police, the suspects have succeeded in duping their victims under the guise of issuing them with lotto numbers and doubling their monies for them.
Police also retrieved items including, mobile phones, a laptop, a cash sum of GHc 2,626 and a Toyota Corolla vehicle.
Addressing journalists in Kumasi, Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Godwin Ahianyo appealed to members of the public who might have fallen victims to assist police in their investigations.
“The suspects through their modus operandi advertise their activities on some local TV stations and Radio stations informing unsuspecting populace that they can make them rich by giving those interested lotto numbers to stake and in some instances they promise doubling monies paid by these unsuspecting clients.
The suspects then publish their mobile phone numbers for monies to be paid on and after receiving such monies, the suspects smartly withdraw the money and discard the SIM card afterwards, making it difficult for those who have paid those monies to reach them.”
“These victims have paid monies ranging from GHS 50 to GHS 1,000.”
“The command will use this medium to appeal to persons who have fallen victims to these activities to come to the Tafo Pankrono Divisional Command to assist in investigations”
Meanwhile the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly District Court has sentenced a 33-year old driver to three years in prison for stealing musical instruments in Churches.
The suspect, Kwame Owusu Assumamin has been described by police as a notorious burglar noted for stealing musical instruments in Churches.
Police say the suspect operates around Kwadaso, Ohwimase and Patasi, all suburbs in Kumasi.
ASP Godwin Ahianyo says police are also on a munhunt for two persons who are the suspect’s accomplices.