Young man to serve 12 months in jail for impersonating Finance minister Ofori-Atta

Young man to serve 12 months in jail for impersonating Finance minister Ofori-Atta

- A Facebook user is in serious trouble for impersonating the minister of finance, Ken Ofori-Atta

- Nuetey Latif Ahinguah, also known as Oliver and Emmanuel Asare, pleaded guilty to defrauding by false pretenses with the name of the state official

- He is expected to serve a 12-month sentence

- Interestingly enough, the finance minister has no social media account yet

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A Facebook user is in serious trouble and about to face a 12-month prison sentence with hard labour for impersonating Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta.

Nuetey Latif Ahinguah with the aliases Oliver and Emmanuel Asare appeared before the Kaneshie Magistrate court in Accra for defrauding by false pretenses with the name of the lawmaker.

According to a report by Kasapa Online, an official document proved that Ahinguah and his accomplices began creating fraudulent Facebook accounts in 2018.

The report further explained that aside targeting Ofori-Atta, they also created accounts in the name of National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah.

Impersonation: Young man to serve 12-months in jail for impersonating Ofori-Atta

Nuetey Latif Ahinguah, also known as Oliver and Emmanuel Asare Source: UGC
Source: UGC

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“The criminals used the accounts in defrauding unsuspecting people under the pretext of securing them employment, and cars to buy at very ridiculous or ‘give away’ prices”, read the document.
“Unsuspecting people fell prey to these criminals and transferred several amounts of money to the fraudsters on a given mobile money number”, the document continued.

The Magistrate court presided over by Her Worship E.B. Botchway, convicted him after he pleaded guilty to the offence of defrauding by false pretenses.

Official security agencies say investigations are still ongoing in an attempt to arrest Ahinguah’s accomplices, among others, for fraudulent acts both within Ghana and abroad.

Interestingly enough, the Finance Minister has no social media account and is yet to open an official social media account.

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Health Authorities in China have confirmed the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus in December 2019 after a series of reported cases of pneumonia of unknown cause.

A press release signed by the sector Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu and reported by Citi News, assured that Ghana has in-country capacity to diagnose the infection at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.

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