Court sentences visa fraudster to five years imprisonment

prisonA fraudster who succeeded in swindling seven people of a total amount of GH¢10,000.00 under the pretext of securing visas for them has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by a Kumasi Circuit Court.

Gabriel Agyekum was charged with defrauding by false pretence and pleaded guilty.

Police Chief Inspector Sylvanus D’almelda told the court presided over by Justice Emmanuel Amo-Yartey that the crime was committed about two years ago.

He had posed as an official of Vodafone-Ghana Limited, a telecommunication company, and convinced his victims, Pastor Emmanuel Antwi, Akua Adutwumwaah, Mary Fosu, Frank Afrane, Emmanuel Yin Teng, Baba Bari and King Oppong Boabeng – all members of the Jericho Revival Church, that he could secure UK visas for them.

He collected from them amounts ranging from GH¢500.00 to GH¢3,500.00 and then went into hiding.

The convict, on April 11 this year, was spotted at the Kejetia Lorry Terminal by Pastor Antwi, who raised the alarm and with the assistance of other people arrested and handed Agyekum over to the police.

He confessed to the offence in his caution statement.

Source: GNA

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