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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Source: Daily Guide

Man grabbed over admission fraud

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The Agona Swedru Divisional Command of the Ghana Police Service has arrested a 45-year-old man, Dr. Sam Ceaser Twumson, for allegedly using fake results to secure admission for over 200 students in the various universities across the country.

Dr. Twumson, who claims to be an educational consultant with a Company called ASH TO GOLD Company Ltd., has purportedly been charging his victims amounts of money ranging from GHc1,500 to GHc7,000 in the guise of securing them university admission.

He was arrested on March 28, 2015 and was granted bail by the Agona Swedru circuit court. He was however, re-arrested upon a petition by the authorities of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).

Briefing the media on Monday, the Agona Swedru Divisional Police Commander, Chief Supt Ahmed Issah Yakubu, said the police decided to withdraw the case at the court since the charges preferred against Twumson did not hold.

Chief Supt Yakubu stated that the accused was earlier charged with one of the victims (name withheld) for conspiracy to fake documents. “When we looked at the charges preferred against the victim, the police could not prosecute the victim because she was not in procession of any documents so we had to file a nolle prosequi, while Dr. Twumson was charged with the offence of forgery of documents,” he stated.

The Commander hinted that the victim, who was among three ladies who were helped by the accused to gain admission in 2014, was able to pay an amount of GHc1,500 out of the GHc3,500 charged – a situation which he claimed compelled the accused person to force the victim into relationship with him.

Chief Supt Yakubu added that Dr Twumson befriended the lady for a year and on January 1, 2015 she attended a church service and touched by the message of God, called him (Twumson) on phone and told him that she could no longer continue with the relationship – as part of her new year resolution.

According the police chief, Dr Twumson became angry and threatened to ensure the dismissal of the victim and later wrote to the university authorities that the lady used fake certificate to gain admission and that the authorities should dismiss her else he would take action against the university.

The police commander stated that the university authorities became alarmed and confronted the victim who spilt the beans.

Preliminary investigations conducted by the police established that over 200 people had fraudulently gained admission into various universities across the country with the help of Dr Twumson, and many of them had even completed their courses.

The Agona Swedru Divisional police are preparing vigorously to write to the universities to track down the fake graduates.

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