Woman in court over fraudulent Electoral Commission job

Woman in court over fraudulent Electoral Commission job

- A woman, Mavis Asantewaa Opoku, has been arrested for defrauding one Bala Muhammed of an amount of GHC45,000

- She collected the money in various bits under the pretext of getting him a job at the Electoral Commission

- She was however arrested after Muhammed reported the matter at the police station

Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that a 28-year-old interior decorator, Mavis Asantewaa Opoku, has swindled her former classmate of an amount of GHC45,000.

According to a Citinewsroom report, Opoku took the money in various bits from Bala Muhammed, in exchange for a job at the Electoral Commission (EC).

Appearing before an Accra Circuit Court, she indicated that she used some of the money for cater for medical bills of her child.

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Opoku, who claimed to be an employee at the attorney general’s office, pleaded not guilty to defrauding by false pretences.

The court, presided over by Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye, admitted Opoku to bail in the sum of GH¢ 50,000.00 with two sureties who are gainfully-employed.

The case has been adjourned to April 17, 2019.

The prosecutor, Inspector B. Benneh, stated that Muhammed resides at Caprice while Opoku resides at Awoshie, all suburbs of Accra.

He added that Opoku and Muhammed were classmates at the Junior Secondary Level at Kade in the Eastern Region.

Inspector Benneh noted that during the month of October 2017, Opoku met the complainant in Kumasi and during their conversation, she told him that she was a staff of the attorney general’s department in Accra and she could assist him to secure a job in Accra.

Based on that, Muhammed expressed interest and the two exchanged contacts.

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During the same month, Opoku informed Muhammed that she has managed to establish contact with some top officials at the headquarters of the Electoral Commission (EC).

She added that she needed some money to show her appreciation because those top officials were willing to assist her to secure the job for him.

Inspector Benneh said Opoku also informed Muhammed that the job she was securing was very competitive and well-paid job with good incentives.

Based on that, Opoku collected various sums of monies through MTN Mobile Money, totalling GH¢ 45,000.00, but she failed to secure Muhammed the job.

He therefore reported the matter to the police on Friday, February 22, 2019, and Opoku was picked up after three days.

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