Businessman jailed 3 years over recruitment scam

An Accra Circuit Court, presided over Patricia Amponsah has jailed Samuel Boakye, 55, three years imprisonment  for demanding and collecting a total amount of GH¢4,600.00 from some members of society, under the pretence of facilitating their enlistment into the various security services.

Boakye was given a custodial sentence on Thursday, November 16, 2022 after his guilty plea to three counts of defrauding by false pretences. The judgement day was also the convict’s first time of appearing before the court.

Brief facts

According to Inspector Rosemond Anyare (police prosecutor),  the complainants in the case are; Dumedah Seftsofia Junior, Elizabeth Mensah and Constance Otuo Acheampong, all residents of Accra, while the convict is a self-styled businessman who lives at Circle Neoplan.

She said somewhere in the year 2020, a witness in the case, by name Enyonam Gertrude Amegah met the convict at Kwame Nkrumah Circle and they subsequently became friends.

In the course of time, the convict asked the witness if she has a son or relative who was interested in joining any of the security services and that he had somebody who has influence and is ready to assist in that regard.

Mrs Amponsah was told that upon the receipt of the assurance, the witness circulated the information to her relatives back in the Volta Region and Accra, as well as gave Boakye’s contact number to the complainants to deal with him directly.

The convict demanded and collected cash sum of GH¢700.00 from Dumefah Setsofia Junior, GH¢1,950 from Elizabeth Mensa and GH¢1,950 from Constance Otuo Acheampong to assist in their enlistment into the Ghana Police service, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Immigration Service and Ghana Customs.

“But after collecting the monies from the complainants, he failed to deliver on his promise and went into hiding,” the court was told.

However, the witness, on November 17, 2022 spotted the convict at Kwame Nkrumah Circle and caused his arrest.

The convict was handed over to the Adabraka Police for investigation and during interrogation, he admitted to the offence, but further stated that he gave the said amount to one Ansong to facilitate the process.

Meanwhile, he could not assist police to arrest the said Ansong.


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