Ghanaian Chronicle

Husband and wife busted for fraud

Date published: November 8, 2012

By Dora Akyaa Asare


A 38 year old man and his wife have been arrested by the Accra Regional Police Command on the charge of defrauding by false pretence. They are currently in police custody assisting in investigations.

The suspects are Albert Baidoo and Sheila Afari, alias Sheila Baidoo, all residents of Dansoman who work at Barakh Trading Enterprise as car dealers.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Commissioner of Police (COP), Patrick Eden Timbilla told journalists in Accra that on April 17, 2012, suspect Albert Baidoo went to a micro finance company (name withheld) for a loan and was asked for collateral.

Albert Baidoo, according to police source presented documents covering a Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number GR 1966-11 and Toyota RAV 4 with registration number GE-91-09, claiming that the vehicles  were his personal properties, based on which the company granted him GH¢30,000.00 as loan.

Cop Timbilla said the complainant, while trying to transfer the ownership of the vehicles into his company’s name, was told by the Driver and Vehicles’ and Licensing Authority (DVLA) officials that the vehicles did not belong to the suspect, and also the customer’s copy of the documents were faked.

A report was subsequently made to the police, leading to the arrest of the suspect, Albert Baidoo.

During interrogation, suspect Albert Baidoo, told the police that the Toyota Land Cruiser was for him, but the Toyota RAV 4 was transferred to him by his wife, Sheila Afari.

A check made by the police at the DVLA indicated that the Toyota belongs to another person, who Sheila Afari Baidoo had already sold the vehicle to.

“Words spread quickly about the arrest of the two suspects and rental companies all over Accra and beyond, with allegation that there are similar cases for which the suspects are wanted”, COP Timbilla stated.

COP Timbilla said the two would soon be arraigned before court.

In another development, the Accra police have arrested a 26 year old, Saliwu Awudu, alias Abu, for attempting to rob a forex bureau, with the excuse of changing some currencies.

Awudu on November 1, 2012, at about 8:20am went to a forex bureau in Osu, a suburb of Accra, and shot one of the staff with an automatic foreign pistol to enable him to execute his evil plans.

Unlucky for him, the worker dodged the bullet and it resulted in a fierce struggle. The suspect, sensing defeat, attempted to run away but was chased by onlookers and was arrested and taken to the Osu Police station.

Upon interrogation, Saliwu Awudu admitted to the offence, and is currently in police custody for further investigations.

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