Court Jails Fake Immigration Officer

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Sadat Karim and Adams Mahama have been remanded by an Accra Circuit Court for defrauding by false pretences.

They are facing 16 counts of conspiracy, forgery of document and defrauding by false pretences.

With the intent to defraud, Karim, a farmer, is said to have forged the Ghana Immigration Recruitment forms in the name of the Ghana Immigration Service.

He is also alleged to have obtained the consent of one Patrick Boateng to part with a sum of GH?2000, falsely promising he could enlist Boateng?s nephew, Joseph Akwasi Aboagye into the Ghana Immigration Service when given the said amount.

Other complainants Karim is claimed to have defrauded are Castro Karikari Boateng, footballer; Edith Kisiwaa, unemployed; Atta Amposah, trader; Pokuaa Margaret, teacher; Michael Bampil, farmer and Belinda Acquah, metro bus conductor.

The rest are Andrews Fokuo, teacher; Amadu Saliu, student; Mathew Konlan private security officer; Budu Bernard, teacher and Kyei Yaa Pinamang, unemployed.

When the case was called yesterday, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge and were remanded into police custody to reappear on March 18.

Presenting the facts of the case to the court presided over by Ellen Vivian Amoah, Chief Inspector Michael Jubiek stated that the accused persons are a farmer and a businessman respectively and that during the month of November 2013, Karim, who claimed to be a BNI official, travelled to meet Boateng in Kumasi on illegal sale of fertilizer by the complainant.

He said after that Karim thanked Boateng for his co-operation and later told him that he could enlist people into the Ghana Immigration Service and that if he knew interested people, he could produce them for enlistment few days later.

According to prosecution, Boateng expressed interest to have his nephew enlisted into the service but he demanded an amount of GH?3,000 out of which Boateng paid GH?2,000 to him.

Chief Inspector Jubiek said Boateng informed Kisiwaa, Amponsah and Pokuaa about it and eventually linked them up to Karim, adding that Boateng convinced them that Karim could enlist them into the Service after paying various sums of money.

He said Kisiwaa paid GH?l,500 to Karim, Amponsah paid GH?3,000 while Pokuaa also paid GH?2,500 and Karim issued forged Immigration forms to the complainants.

Chief Inspector Jubiek noted that when the complainants detected that the forms were fake, they reported the case to the Police and Karim was arrested, while Mahama, who assisted him in distributing the fake Immigration forms and also attempted to defraud the complainants, was also arrested.

Later, Karikari, Bampil, Acquah, Fokuo, Saliu, Konlan, Bernard and Pinamang showed up at the station and identified both accused persons as those who used the same modus operandi to defraud them of various sums of money.

The prosecution said investigations revealed that Karikari paid GH?2,000, Bampil paid GH?3,200, Acquah paid GH?3,000, Fokuo paid GH?3,900, while Saliu, Konlan, Bernard and Pinamang paid GH?4,300, GH?1,500, GH?3,000 and GH?2,500 respectively.

In sum, GH?32,400.00 was paid to Karim.

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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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