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The Ho District Magistrate Court presided over by H.H. Mr Akosah Amoampong Agyiri Yaw has sentenced a 21-year-old man, Mr Frank Fenuku Junior, to 18 months in prison for defrauding by false pretences.
Prosecuting the case, Chief Inspector Clever Ayayee informed the court that on September 3, 2021. The police picked a fraudulent Facebook publication with the photograph and name of the Volta Regional Police Commander, DCOP/Mr. Edward Oduro Kwateng, and purported to have been created by the officer to assist interested applicants to be enlisted into the Ghana Police Service through a protocol allocation in the recent police recruitment advertisement.
He said unsuspecting applicants fell victim to the fraud and sent mobile money to the accused person.
This prompted an investigation into the false publication, leading to the arrest of the suspect at Zongo Junction near Madina.
The police retrieved SIM cards of the numbers that were displayed in the fraudulent post.
The accused person, who pleaded guilty to the offence of defrauding by false pretence, was convicted for 18 months on his own plea.
He pleaded for mercy but H.H. Mr Akosah Amoampong Agyiri Yaw considered his age and the fact that he was a first-time offender and convicted him to 18 months in prison so that it will be a deterrence to other youth.