Court throws Ghanaian woman into jail for ‘sakawa’

Court throws Ghanaian woman into jail for ‘sakawa’

- A Ghanaian woman, Vida Patty Agboletey, has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for defrauding an American citizen

- Together with a Nigerian, Chigozie Awom, they succeeded on taking a number of items as well as money from the victim

- They used fake names to help them carry out the act

A Ghanaian woman, Vida Patty Agboletey, who conspired with an accomplice, Chigozie Awom, to dupe an American has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Information available to shows that Agboletey, using the fake name, Elizabeth Cakdwell, teamed up with Awom, who used the name Davis Wingate, to dupe the unidentified American of an unspecified amount of money and other materials, including mobile phones, laptops and digital game.

Awom is alleged to be the mastermind behind the act, whiles Agboletey used her account to receive the monies sent by the victim.

A prisoner wearing handcuffs

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The convict and her partner were, however, unable to withdraw the money because the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) froze the account due to the suspicion of fraud and money laundering.

Apart from the custodial sentence, the court, presided over by Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe, sentenced Agboletey to pay a fine of GHC12,000.00 or in default spend 48 months in jail.

EOCO has also been ordered by the court to transmit US$20,000.00 in the convict’s frozen bank account at Fidelity Bank.

Awom reportedly met the complainant, who is a flight attendant with US Airways on an online dating site.

The two later established a relationship and Awom began to demand items and money from the American.

He reportedly asked for money and promised to pay back the money after the completion of a purported project in Ghana.

The court, at the end of the trial, found Agboletey guilty of two charges; conspiracy to defraud by false pretenses and money laundering.

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