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19.10.2007 General News

Fake policeman remanded by court


A 47-year-old driver, Justice Mensah who paraded himself as a police officer and duped people on the pretext of recruiting their wards into the police service has been remanded by the Koforidua circuit court.

He pleaded guilty to the charge of falsely pretending to be a public officer and would re-appear on Nov. 5.

The Deputy Commander of the Eastern Regional Police Command, Rev. ACP David Ampa-Benin, at a press conference on Thursday, said on October 11, this year, he received a report from complainants that the said driver who claimed to be an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) had collected cash from various persons amounting to GH¢260 to recruit their children in to the service.

He said the accused, who resides at Atekyem, a suburb of Koforidua started playing "hide and seek" with the complainants after collecting their money and they reported the matter to the police.

ACP Ampa-Benin said the police together with the BNI traced the accused to his hideout where he was apprehended and arraigned before the court.

He said the press conference was to make the matter public so that victims who had fallen to the tricks of the accused would come forward.

The Deputy Commander cautioned people who go about pretending to be police officers and other public office holders to dupe unsuspecting victims to desist from it because the law would deal ruthlessly with them.