Ghanaian Chronicle

Nigerian busted over fraud

Date published: September 24, 2012

By Dora Akyaa Asare

A thirty-six-year old Nigerian man has been arrested by the Accra Regional Police Command for allegedly defrauding a retired medical practitioner and his wife of an amount of $280,000.

He is currently in police custody assisting the police in investigations.

The suspect, Isaac Tetteh, who claims to be a Nigerian national, was arrested on Wednesday last week at about 1:00 p.m. at East Legon, near the UBA Bank, when he was about to collect more money from his victims.

Briefing The Chronicle, the Accra Regional Police Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Frank Adufati, said the suspect and his accomplices, now at large, defrauded a retired Ghanaian medical practitioner based in South Africa.

According to the police, in the month of February this year, the couple, who had come to Ghana to stay after retirement, received a telephone call from a man who claimed to be an Arabian and had known them for several years.

The caller, according to the police, told the victims that he wanted to establish a medical facility in Ghana, and needed their help as they knew much about the work.

The couple, who were much convinced, accepted the proposal and continually contacted the suspects on the telephone.

Chief Superintendent Adufati said three months after the long talk on the phone, the suspects further convinced the victims by sending gifts and money to them through suspect Tetteh.

The suspects later called the victims on phone that they had sent some dollars enclosed in a parcel to them through a man from the Republic of Benin, and that an amount of $280,000 of should be given to the sender after opening the parcel.

He added that on that fateful day, when the said parcel and the money arrived, the couple who had no such amount of money on them sold their two cars and gave the proceeds it to suspect Tetteh.

After the sender (suspect Tetteh) had left, the couple finally opened the parcel and found out the dollars were fake.

The suspects, not satisfied with the huge amount of money, called the couple demanding more money. The couple quickly reported the case to the Accra Regional Police Command, and y arrested suspect Isaac Tetteh was immediately arrested when he appeared to meet the couple at East Legon.

Upon interrogation, suspect Isaac Tetteh refused to give out the names of his accomplices.


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