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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 5 April 2017


Woman allegedly defrauds 20 of GHC170,000

The police have mounted a search for a 34-year-old woman, Irene Akosua Gbesemete, for allegedly defrauding more than 20 people of about GH¢170,000 on the pretext of securing visas for them.

The suspect, who is said to be using different names including Chantel Sedem and Ida Simplicity, committed the act with two other accomplices who are currently in the grip of the police.

She is said to always pose as the secretary of a financial company known as EKOBONS at Nungua in Accra.


The Kpehie Divisional Police Command said it started looking for Irene after it received a complaint from one of her victims that he had been defrauded of an amount of GH¢90,000.

The victim, according to the police, had paid the money to Irene who claimed her company could secure visa to enable him and some other persons to travel to Ireland and the United States of America (USA).

The police said after collecting the money, Irene went into hiding and all efforts to reach her proved futile.

In the course of investigations, the police said a number of victims also filed complaints claiming they had been duped by the suspect through the same modus operandi.

It is suspected that some more people may have been defrauded by the suspect who is believed to be hiding at Somanya, in the Eastern Region, Kasoa or Tema.

The police called on the public not to hesitate to contact the Nungua Police Station or any police station with information about Irene which could lead to her arrest to help with investigations.