- Ayittey Powers has been arrested by the James Town Police over an issue of visa fraud
- The boxer is reported to have taken money from some people with the intention of securing them visas
- According to reports, this is not the first time the boxer has been involved in such a 'scam'
Ghanaian boxer, Michael Okine, popularly known as Ayittey Powers, is reported to be currently in police custody at James Town police station after he was arrested on Friday in connection with visa fraud.
According to a report sighted on Mynews.com.gh, Ayittey Powers is alleged to have taken several thousands of cedis from three individuals under the pretext of securing travel documents but failed to fulfill his part of the bargain.
The victims after fruitless attempts to retrieve their money lodged a complaint with the Greater Accra Regional Police Command leading to the arrest of the suspect who is likely to be arraigned before court on Monday, May 14, 2018 for defrauding by false pretenses.
As at Saturday night, some family members of the boxer were seen at the police station making frantic efforts to secure bail for him but investigators in the matter refused to give in.
According to the report, this incident was not the first time the boxer had been engaged in visa racketeering scandals.
Reports have it that in July 2014, the boxer defrauded two residents of Kumasi to the tune of GH¢ 14,000 under the guise of securing them travel documents to Australia.
The two men, Kofi Asare and Prince Adjei Sarpong, allegedly paid GH¢ 7,500 and GH¢ 6,500, respectively as part-payment of GH¢ 28,000 being charged for visas to enable them to travel to Australia for a boxing contest.
Documents purported to have been presented to the Australian High Commission in Accra for the said visas indicated that Kofi Asare was a boxer and Prince Adjei Sarpong Yaw was his trainer.
They were however denied visas because the documents were found to be fake. Persistent efforts by the two men to get a refund of their money have failed.
On a letter-head of Ace Boxing Promotions, 7 Wilonda Street, Robertson QLD 4109, the document, signed by one Angelo Di Carlo, Promoter and Co-ordinator, indicated Asare and Nana Yaw had been invited to take part in a boxing tournament in Brisbane on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
Interestingly, the same document which described the two alleged victims as males with passport numbers G0664044 and G0654978, respectively, referred to them as ‘ladies’ in another section.
It is not known if his latest arrest is in relation to the same matter or another one but police have declined further comment on the matter except that they were investigating him for visa fraud and would be arraign him before the court soon.
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