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04.10.2008 Crime & Punishment

Police arrest five in connection with dealing in fake currency

By gna
Police arrest five in connection with dealing in fake currency

Police in Berekum in the Brong Ahafo Region have arrested 60 year old Emmanuel Elvis Aboagye Manu, President of Ghana Susu Co-operatives Association and four others on suspicion of dealing in counterfeit currency.

The four are Amponsah Kuffuor, Kofi Boadi, Philemon Hayford, driver, and Abu Bukari Issah, a citizen of Burkina Faso.

They are all in custody pending further investigations into the case.

Chief Superintendent Lord Obeng-Mensah, Berekum Divisional Police Commander, briefing newsmen in his office on the arrest said acting upon a tip off the five men were arrested at Seko Guest House in Berekum.

He said a search in the vehicle the five were using, a Nissan Pajero with registration number GT 5287 W which had been allocated to the Association for a World Bank project, revealed a box containing black papers neatly cut into the size of currency notes and a sealed bottle that the suspects claimed contained mercury.

The commander said the police suspected the suspects used the fake currency notes to defraud unsuspecting persons in a money-doubling hoax.

Chief Superintendent Obeng-Mensah appealed to the general public to continue to volunteer information to the police who would swiftly act to nip in the bud any criminal act.

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