29.06.2006 Crime & Punishment

Imposter Arrested By Kumasi Police

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CHRISTOPHER Urieto, 26, a Nigerian, who for sometime now has been parading as a national liaison officer for the Coca Cola Bottling Company has been arrested by the police here after defrauding a number of people of millions of cedis, throughout the country.

As his modus operandi, he targets clients of the company and goes to them under the pretext of helping them to get refrigerators free from the company for business after taking some money from them as “service fee”.

After collecting the fee of between ¢100,000 and ¢200,000, he vanishes into thin air.

Inspector Yusif Tanko of the Police Public Affair Unit here, told the Times yesterday that the suspect confessed to the crime during police interrogations and mentioned Sekondi, Takoradi, Cape Coast and Kumasi as some of the places he had operated.

Inspector Tanko said earlier this month, Urieto approached Patricia Amundayie, a shop operator at Suame, a suburb here with the same trick and succeeded in collecting ¢200,000 from her and vanished.

He said the victim who was in the Kejetia area, spotted Urieto at the Race Course area and alerted the police who succeeded in arresting him.

He said a search conducted on him revealed some complimentary cards believed to be for some of his victims.

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