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28.01.2011 Crime & Punishment

Sakumono Police Nab Imposter

By Rose Hayford Darko and Dela Russel Ocloo - Daily Graphic
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A 32-YEAR-OLD businessman who posed as an official of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and succeeded in defrauding three people of GH¢10,000 has been arrested by the Sakumono Police.

Yaw Apedor, who claimed to be stationed at the Castle, Osu, took the amount under the pretext of assisting the victims to buy cars from the Tema Port and a plot of land at East Legon.

The police arrested Apedor from his hideout at Adabraka in Accra.

Narrating the incident to the Daily Graphic, the Tema Police Regional Public Relations Officer, Chief Inspector Olivia Turkson, said Apedor approached two women and a man and introduced himself as an official of the BNI attached to the Castle and, therefore, influential.

He also claimed to know some big men at the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) who would help him buy cars at cheaper prices.

Chief Inspector Turkson said the victims expressed interest and accepted to pay for the cars.

She said the victims chose to buy a Kia Rio, a Hyundai Elantra and a Toyota Camry at GH¢2,700, GH¢2,700 and GH¢2,400, respectively.

She added that Apedor collected the money and promised to return with the documents on the vehicles but rather went into hiding.

Chief Inspector Turkson said for two months the victims could not trace the suspect and his mobile phone was off.

She said on January 20, 2011, the victims got Apedor on the phone and feigned interest in buying a car from him.

She said they arranged to meet him at a place and on the following day, January 21, the suspect was arrested.

Chief Inspector Turkson said the police were investigating Apedor’s involvement in other fraudulent activities and after obtaining evidence, he would be put before court.

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