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19.11.2008 Crime & Punishment

Fake Medical Practitioner Grabbed

> Fake Medical Practitioner Grabbed

A 27-YEAR-OLD man, Richard Brown Afful, who posed as a medical practitioner trained at the University of Ghana Medical School, has been arrested by the police at Aflao.

Afful operated under the name Dr Richard D. Manneh, with two second class upper certificates, one issued on July 27, 2001 qualifying him as a medical officer. The second certificate, that of a surgeon, was dated July 20, 2004.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in charge of Aflao Police, Mr Ahmed Yakubu, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the suspect used those documents to secure a job with an Aflao hospital about three weeks ago as a medical practitioner.

He said the hospital management only a few days after employing him doubted the professional proficiency of Afful and sought verification from the University of Ghana Medical School.

Mr Yakubu said this led to the revelation that the suspect's registration number as a doctor belonged to a graduate of the medical school, Dr Richard Kwame Manneh who passed out on September 15, 2006 and was currently doing his housemanship at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

He said upon his arrest, the suspect gave his real name and admitted that the certificates were forged for him by a man he said now lived in the United Kingdom but whose name he could not recollect.

Mr Yakubu said the suspect told the police that he was looking for employment to raise funds to enable him to begin an educational programme in fulfilment of his dream to become a medical doctor.

He said the suspect would be charged with impersonation, false assumption of professional title and forgery.

   

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