A 26-year old unemployed man, who posed as personnel of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and collected various sums of money from unsuspecting persons, has been arrested by personnel of the Greda Estate Police station.
The suspect, Jeffery Larbi claimed that he was one of the investigators who handled Jesus One Touch case and could help the victims join the Ghana Police Service.
The police, who searched the house of the suspect, found police enlistment forms with details of the victim, which suggested that he had duped quite a number of people.
Speaking to Daily Guide, Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Samuel Tibil Punobyin said that the suspect met Emmanuel Azong at Fare Gardens Hotel at La, where he used to work as a receptionist and the two became friends.
He said that the suspect introduced himself as a member of the CID at Osu, and took Emmanuel Azong to his house at Greda Estate where he introduced Daniel Ligbili Kwame, adding that the three later became friends. Jeffery Larbi, according to DSP Punobyin, told the two that he could help them join the Police Service and collected an amount of GH¢200 from them to process their documents.
After several weeks, the suspect told them that he had given the money to a certain ASP Botswe at the Koforidua Training School and that he would soon complete the process for them to join the Police Service.
The suspect however failed to fulfill his promise and the victims did not see him for several weeks. Jeffery Larbi told one Cecilia Koranteng Cecilia that his outfit needed just two more people to join the police and she should pay GH¢500 to facilitate the process, but Cecilia managed to pay GH¢140.
Cecilia showed disinterest in the deal due to the behavior of the suspect and demanded her money. The suspect, according to DSP Punobyin, went to Kasoa and took GH¢350.00 from some students. He told Daily Guide that a check conducted by the police at the Koforidua Training School however revealed that there was no one with the name ASP Bostwe.
The suspect admitted taking the money but added that he had spent it and pleaded for forgiveness. DSP Punobyin noted that he would be put before a court at La, Accra.
DSP Punobyin therefore advised the members of the general public to be cautious in dealing with such persons in order not to fall victim to their nefarious activities, adding that people should always check the background of unknown persons who want to help them.
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