Kwabena Oduro, a 32-year-old self-employed caterer has been slapped with a 10-year jail-term for imposing as a police officer, and defrauding four people of various sums of money under the pretext of recruiting them into the National Police Training School.
He pleaded guilty and was jailed 10 years; in addition the court asked him to pay GHC 8,785 as compensation to the complainants.
The facts of the case as presented by chief inspector John Amponsah at the Nsuta circuit court presided over by Mr David P.W.Amedior were that, in 2013, the accused person posing as a Police C.I.D personnel posted from Accra to Kumasi Police Training School at Patase, defrauded Apeadu Benjamin Freduah of GHC 1,135, Kwabena Kyere, GHC 800,Theresa Mensah, GHC 6,250 and Rose Owusu, GHC 600 at different dates and different places.
The prosecution said, after collecting the monies, the accused person vanished and all efforts by the complainants to get in touch with him failed as he kept on changing his mobile numbers, or busied himself having meetings with the Inspector-General of Police.
The accused person continued to play tricks on his victims until May 6 this year when one of the complainants spotted him at Kofi’s in the Mampong Municipality and reported the case to the police.
The police arrested him and upon a search on him, retrieved a police C.I.D. identity card bearing the name of one Nana Frimpong and various passport pictures.
The prosecution said after investigations, the accused person was charged with the offence.