Pastor jailed 2yrs for possessing fake GH¢50 notes
An Accra circuit has sentenced a Reverend Minister of the Conquerors Redemption Ministries International, Achimota, to two years imprisonment with hard labour for possessing fake currency notes.
The convict, Reverend Isaac Oti Agyemang was arrested on the church premises by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) upon a tip off that he was in possession of GH¢ 50 notes totaling GH ¢110,000.
He mentioned the second accused person, Apostle Richard Kwesi Dwofuor, who was not on the crime scene at the time of arrest, as his accomplice
The court, presided over by Mr. Eric Kyei Baffour in his judgment found the Reverend Minister guilty of the charges leveled against him.
The court, however, acquitted and discharged Apostle Richard Kwesi Dwofuor, as the prosecution could not prove the charge of possessing fake currency leveled against him. According to the court, the prosecution could not prove that the second accused person knew about possession of the fake currency by the first accused person.
The court, in its earlier decision, had ordered that all the fake currency be burnt.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) A.A Annor, briefing the court on the facts of the case said security personnel received information that some people had in their possession GH¢ 50 notes totaling GH ¢110,000 suspected to be fake, and were hiding in the premises of Conquerors Redemption Ministries.
According to the information given, they were about to transact business with the said amount. ASP Annor said personnel of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) were dispatched to Achimota.
On their arrival at the church premises, the team met the accused persons, excluding Apostle Dwofuor, having in their possession a black laptop bag containing the money.
The prosecution said the suspects were picked up by the BNI and during interrogation, they stated that it was Apostle Dwofuor who handed over the money to them, but he (Apostle Dwofuor) asked them to wait as he was going out to bring a prospective buyer.
ASP Annor said the security personnel escorted the accused persons and the money to the BNI headquarters for further investigations. At the BNI headquarters, it was detected that some of the notes bore the same serial numbers.
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