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Fake police officer in court over fraud

An Accra Circuit Court has granted a GHS70,000 bail with two sureties to a fake police officer who allegedly defrauded his fiancée of GHS 62,200.

The court, presided over by Mr K. K. Obin Yeboah, ordered that the sureties should be family members.

Narh Coffie, who posed as a police officer with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police Headquarters, denied taking GHS62,200 00 from Ellen Nyarko after pretending to be involved in an accident and as such needed the amount for medical attention.

He will make his appearance on July 28, 2022.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ASP) Mr Emmanuel Nyamekye told the court that Ellen was the complainant and a businesswoman resident at Kwashieman in Accra.

Mr Coffie, 47, is also a businessman and a resident of Accra Newtown, in the Greater Accra Region.

ASP Nyamekye said in August 2021 the accused met the complainant at Tudu where the accused was dressed in a civilian attire holding a set of handcuffs.

He said the accused person introduced himself to the complainant as a police officer stationed at the CID Headquarters but currently on attachment at the Airport Police Station.

Prosecution said the accused proposed love to the complainant which she accepted.

The court heard that the complainant thinking she was dealing with a police officer, exchanged contact with him and started intimate relationship with him.

ASP Nyamekye said during their relationship, the accused feigned and told complainant that he was involved in an accident at Achimota-Circle Road and had been rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi for treatment.

Again, the accused made complainant to speak with a lady on phone who claimed to be the mother who had just returned from USA and pleaded with the complainant to send money for the accused person’s medical expenses with a promise of paying back in dollars, he told the court.

ASP Nyamekye said the accused person again made the complainant to speak with a gentleman on phone supposed to be his father at the hospital who also confirmed that indeed his son had been involved in an accident.

Prosecution said all the phone calls were done via accused person’s contact numbers, adding that the supposed father prevented complainant from visiting the accused at the hospital with an excuse that the son cannot talk due to the accident and there would not be accommodation for her.

The alleged father continued that all that was needed was for the complainant to send money for the treatment, the court heard.

ASP Nyamekye said the complainant, therefore, sent GHS62,200 in tranches to two Vodafone cash wallet numbers with the hope that his mother would pay later.

He said Mr Coffie, after receipt of the money, ceased communication with the complainant which led to her to report the case to the Police and investigation led to the arrest of the accused.

ASP Nyamekye said during investigation, it was established that accused never had an accident and his supposed parents who spoke to the complainant on phone were not his biological parents.
After the investigation, the accused person was arraigned.

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