KOFI KYEREMEH, a 65-year-old retired teacher has been arrested by the Sunyani Municipal Police for defrauding unsuspecting farmers to the tune of GH¢3,100.00 under the pretext of registering them as members of a Sunyani-based NGO.
Kyeremeh allegedly told the farmers that by becoming members of the NGO, they would be supplied with agricultural inputs at subsidized prices and as well have access to loans to boost their production.
Narrating the incident to DAILY GUIDE, the Municipal Police Commander, Superintendent Charles Botwe said Kofi Kyeremeh, in July 2007, visited the office of WANAKU Farmers Association in Sunyani with the idea of being its representative at Kenyasi in the Asutifi District where he lives.
The Regional Director of the association, Madam Naomi Kumi Frimpong did not hesitate to accept his request and gave him two hundred pieces of registration forms and fifty membership cards for a start, with the instructions to take GH¢20.00 from each applicant and submit his returns to the regional office at Sunyani.
However, after the accused had exhausted the two hundred forms from the office, he went ahead to print duplicates of the application forms as well as the membership cards, totaling 1,500 pieces, and subsequently registered about 1,300 persons with each person paying between GH¢20.00 to GH¢50.00 without the knowledge and approval of the regional office.
The money realized from the dubious act, amounting to GH¢3,100.00, was pocketed by Kyeremeh. However, some of the farmers, who were itching to benefit from their membership, traveled to Sunyani to question management on their benefits as members of the NGO.
It was then that 'alarm blew on' Kyeremeh who was subsequently arrested on February 4 and put before court.
The retired teacher was remanded in police custody by Justice Owusu Gyamfi to reappear today, Friday, February 15, 2008.
From Rocklyn Antonio, Sunyani