Communication Taskforce arrests SIM box Fraudsters

ArrestThe Communication Fraud Taskforce has arrested two SIM Box Fraudsters, Selasi Dorfenyo and Nicolas Ntsu, at Tema Community 12 in the Greater Accra Region.

At a Press Briefing in Accra on Thursday, the Director General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), COP Mr Prosper Agblor said the suspects were arrested in House number B. 56, busily scratching top-up cards and loading them unto SIM cards to feed the SIM boxes, which were operational at the time of their arrest.

The arrest brings to 20 the number of SIM Box fraud cases recorded since 2011 in which 24 persons have so far been arrested.

COP Agblor said out of the 24 arrested, three were convicted, four persons discharged, ten persons pending trial, one person’s docket sent to Attorney General’s Office and six under investigations.

He said during interrogation, the suspects mentioned Eric Akpanya as the one who engaged them to assist him operate the SIM boxes.

The Director-General revealed that on July 7, 2015, suspect Eric Akpanya was arrested and upon interrogation confessed to his involvement in the crime and and told investigators that a yet-to-be-identified Lebanese national is his partner.

He said he had been operating the business for the past four months and has deprived the Government of $196,992, adding that, the suspects diverted the money into their private escrow account abroad.

“An MTN Distributor, who is an accomplice, has been identified and efforts are been made to arrest him.”

Mr Redeemer Kwame, the General Manager, Business Development of Suba Info Solutions, in an interview after the briefing, reiterated the company’s resolve to work with the state agencies to put a stop to SIM box fraud.

He said: “the consistency with which we have performed our duties could not have been possible without the support from the National Communications Authority (NCA), the Security Agencies and Telecommunication Service Providers (TSP).

“We assure Ghanaians that together, we will succeed and ensure that SIM boxing becomes history.”

The taskforce is made up of detectives from the CID, personnel from the NCA, the TSP and with the support of Subah Info Solutions Limited.

Source: GNA

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