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27.03.2008 Crime & Punishment

Visa Fraudster Arrested

By Daily Guide

THE DANSOMAN Police have arrested Thomas Akumeni, a Travel and Tour operator, for allegedly duping one Emmanuel Sarpong of Kasoa of $3500 under the pretext of securing for him a United Kingdom visa.

Akumeni is also said to be wanted by the Odorkor police for allegedly duping another victim of GH¢1,600 while four other people have lodged separate reports with the police accusing the suspect of other fraudulent behaviour.

According to the Dansoman Divisional Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Stephen Anyan, Sarpong, who was living in UK came into contact with the suspect and through interaction it came to light that the suspect could help secure for Sarpong, a UK visa to enable him stay permanently in that country.

He said Akumeni managed to fax a fake visa to Sarpong in the UK, convincing him that the deal was done.

C/Supt. Anyan indicated that Sarpong was so convinced that he quickly came down to Ghana for the visa only to find out that he had been defrauded.

Sarpong became stranded in the country and later reported the matter to the police.

The crime officer said an attempt was made to arrest Akumeni but he eluded the police.

Upon thorough investigation by CID Ebenezer Akpagli, it was revealed that Sarpong was in hiding at McCarthy Hill.

C/Supt. Anyan said the suspect was picked at his hideout by the police and subsequently charged for fraudulent behaviour.

Akumeni was said to have confessed to taking the money but pleaded that he should be given bail in order to raise the money.

The wife of the suspect (name withheld) was at the police station, upon hearing the case, to pay GH¢1000 to defray part of the cost.

She told DAILY GUIDE that she knew her husband was a Travel and Tour agent but was not aware of his dubious behaviour.

By Wisdom Peter Awuku

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