An Accra Circuit Court, presided over by His Honour Isaac Addo, has remanded a bar operator, three head porters, three scrap dealers, and a trader for allegedly selling fabricated phones to the public.
The accused persons are Kwesi Awaful, 27 and a bar operator, Ibrahim Seidu, 28, Richard Yeboah, 24, Samuel Akafor, 22, are head porters, while Sixtus Apambila, 20, Msor Anthony, 19, and Titus Aniah, 20, are all scrap dealers, and Prince Aforkwa, 26, a trader.
They were arraigned before the court yesterday on conspiracy to commit a crime, preparation to commit a crime, and attempt to commit a crime.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty and were remanded into police custody, as they do not have fixed places of abode.
The court was told by the prosecuting officer, Inspector Jonas Lawer, that the complainants in the case were police officers stationed at the Regional Headquarters in Accra.
He said the alleged crime of the accused persons came to the notice of the Regional Police Administration to the effect that they gathered around the said the June Fourth Park and fabricated mobile phones to defraud the public.
Therefore, on May 20, 2023, at about 11:30am, the Police Regional Command despatched a team of personnel, gathered intelligence and went to the scene, to their surprise the accused persons were spotted engaging with customers in an attempt to defraud them with those phones.
The accused were arrested in the act and a spot search was conducted in their pocket leading to the retrieval of seven different types of look-alike phones.
During investigations it was found out that the bar operator was the gang leader of the accused persons operating in the market.
He added that investigations further revealed that the accused persons always conspired to defraud unspecified people on a daily basis.
Inspector Lawyer told the court that after investigations all the accused persons were charged with the offences and arraigned before the court.