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Recruitment fraud: Nurse slapped with GH¢90,000 bail

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An Accra Circuit Court has admitted a nurse, Dorcas Amankwa @ Twene Amankwa Dorcas, to bail in the sum of GH¢90,000 with three sureties for allegedly using the Office of the President to scam people.

Dorcas has, therefore, been charged with four counts of defrauding by false pretences, but pleaded not guilty to all.

The Circuit Court ‘3’, presided over by Mrs. Susana Eduful, yesterday further ordered Dorcas to report to the police once a week.

The court has adjourned sitting to October 3, 2022.

The court was told by the prosecuting officer, Chief Inspector Isaac Anquandah, that Dorcas allegedly lured the complainants with the assurance that she could use her contact at the Office of the President to secure them jobs.

She assured them that she would use protocol to influence their recruitment into state institutions such as the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), and Customs Division of the GRA.

According to the prosecuting officer, Dorcas after convincing the complainants demanded fees ranging from GH¢3,000 to GH¢8,000.

He narrated to the court that Dorcas succeeded in collecting close to GH¢50,000 from her victims, but failed to honour her part of the arrangement.

He said Dorcas was alleged to have committed the crime with one Kofi Yeboah Boado, who is nowhere to be found.

Brief Facts

The complainants, Antwi Boasiako Isaac (PW1) is the Assembly Member of the Asante Bekwai Municipal Assembly, Isaac Wayoe (PW2) is a private security man, Sambia Joseph (PW3) is also a private security man, and Francisca Akosah (PW4) a trader.

The accused person, Dorcas Amankwa @ Twene Amankwa Dorcas (A1) aged 28, is a Nurse and a Trader, while Alex Kofi Yeboah Boadi (A2), now at large, and his whereabouts not known.

In 2021, the accused person, A1, through one Ellen Nkrumah, informed the complainants that she had a protocol arrangement at the Office of the President to recruit young people into government institutions, including the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Revenue Authority and Customs Excise and Preventive Services.

The accused indicated to the complainants that they had to pay monies ranging between GH¢3,000.00 and GH¢8,000.00 before she could secure the jobs for them.

Based on this, Antwi paid various sums of money amounting to GH¢40,000.00 into an MTN mobile money account number 0591032894, which was given to him by the accused person.

On January 2, 2021, Isaac, who was introduced to the accused person, paid an amount of GH¢3,000.00 into her MTN phone number 0591032894 account for him to be recruited into the Ghana Police Service.

In the same year, the accused person also collected an amount of GH¢3,480.00 from Joseph under the pretext of recruiting him into the Ghana Armed Forces, but failed to do so.

In February, 2021, the accused person again collected an amount of GH¢5,000.00 from Francesca under the pretext of recruiting her into the Ghana Police Service, but failed to do so.

All efforts to either get the jobs or their monies proved fruitless.

On June 16, 2022, a report was made to the CID Command, and on July 28, 2022, Al was arrested to assist in investigations.

In Dorcas’ investigation caution statement, she admitted to the offences and mentioned A2 as the one who engaged her to recruit the complainants, and that the monies she collected were given to him.

Dorcas, however, failed to show how the monies were given to her accomplice, and also to lead the police to arrest Alex Kofi Yeboah Boadi.

Investigations disclosed that, the accused persons did not have any capacity to recruit the complainants, while neither of them was connected to anyone at the Presidency.

The search for A2 and further investigations are ongoing.

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