Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 10 June 2014
A third-year student of the Takoradi Polytechnic is facing the full rigours of the law for allegedly using the name of former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings to perpetuate fraud.
The suspect, Collins Kofitse, 26, and others now at large are said to have created a Facebook account under the name “Konadu Rawlings” to commit the crime.
Addressing the press in Accra last Monday, Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Commissioner of Police' (COP) Prosper Cwame Agblor, stated that the suspect used an organization called Empowerment of Masses (OFEM), which he claimed Nana Konadu was a co-founder.
He said they also falsely represented on this Face-book page that OFEM was providing foreign university scholarships to students in UK, Dubai, Germany and Australia, and they demanded and obtained various forms of money from interested applicants.
COP Agblor further said that preliminary investigation revealed that their physical address was in Kara, Republic of Togo and some of their landlines were also registered in Togo.
He said a Ghanaian applicant resident in the United Arab Emirates became suspicious when he saw the advertisement and he therefore lured Kofitse to Accra, where he was arrested.
He said investigators were searching for other members of the gang.