A 43-year-old woman has been arrested by the police in Kumasi for allegedly duping about 350 women of monies totalling about ¢100 million on the pretext of helping them to secure loans.
Afia Brago is in custody with her accomplices, Kofi Antwi, 31, and Kwadwo Braimah, 42. Most of the victims are residents of Moshie Zongo and Buokrom, both Kumasi suburbs.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Frank Adu-Poku, Ashanti Regional Police Commander, told journalists that in December 2006, Brago went round promising women that she could use her membership of the New Patriotic Party to help them secure loans.
He said about 350 women fell victim to the alleged fraudster, paying various amounts totalling about ¢100 million to her.
DCOP Adu-Poku said when the loans were not forthcoming and Brago also could not be traced some of the victims reported the matter to the police.
Brago was said to have admitted the offence in her caution statement but said what she collected amounted to ¢40 million and not ¢100 million.
DCOP Adu-Poku, however, indicated that there was enough evidence that the total amount was about ¢100 million, and said the police would lead evidence to that effect in court.
Story by Kwame Asare Boadu