Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 15 May 2014
Source: Daily Guide
The police have mounted a search for Dr. Prince Tetteh, purported co-founder of the London-based Worldwide Miracle Outreach Church (WMO), who is alleged to have been involved in numerous fraudulent activities.
Dr. Tetteh, said to be the younger brother of Reverend Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, a renowned evangelist, is alleged to have defrauded about 110 persons of various sums of money to the tune of GH¢102,150 under the pretext of sending them to London to work in a construction company.
He has been charged with defrauding by false pretence and is being hunted by the police after jumping bail at the Adabraka Police Station in Accra, in 2011.
His wife, Caroline Tetteh, who was also alleged to have taken part in the supposed dubious transactions, was arrested by the Accra Regional Police Command on Tuesday and remanded into police custody by an Accra Circuit Court, presided over by Wilhelmina Hammond.
She has been charged with abetment of crime. She will re-appear on May 20, 2014, for trial.
The Daily Guide newspaper says its checks has revealed that Dr. Prince Tetteh allegedly contacted one Kweku Frimpong to recruit people for him to be sent to London to work for a company that was into the construction of tunnels.
Police sources indicated that skilled men who were mainly masons and carpenters were charged an amount of GH¢2,000 each at that time in the guise of securing visas for the desperate artisans.
In all, about 130 persons, all residents of Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region, allegedly expressed interest in the deal and purportedly made the payments to the suspect and his wife.
The police sources said Dr. Tetteh received some of the monies while his wife also received part on his behalf.
Dr. Tetteh, after receiving the said monies, allegedly went into hiding until the matter was reported to the Adabraka District Police by the victims in 2011.
His elder brother was said to have helped to refund part of the monies to the complainants in the case.
The suspect was said to have issued a cheque for $10,000 to the victims to cash from his Ecobank account but it bounced.
The victims then lodged another complaint of fraud with the Accra Regional Police Command and on hearing that he was wanted for fraud, Prince Tetteh allegedly bolted and has since been on police wanted list.
"When Daily Guide contacted Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, he denied ever knowing the said Prince Tetteh", the paper reported on Thursday May 15, 2014. He also denied having refunded any money and facilitated the release of the suspect, reports the paper.
Even though the international evangelist admitted that Worldwide Miracle Outreach Church (WMO) is his ministry, he claimed he had nothing to do with Prince Tetteh - who had indicated in his profile that he is co-founder of WMO.