A 30-year-old suspect who has allegedly been parading himself as an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and defrauding people under the pretext of helping them enlist in the various security services has been arrested by the Airport Police.
The man, Richard Anyomi, is said to have worked with agents who acted as middlemen and has collected about GH¢100,000 from his victims.
Since news about his arrest at a restaurant near the Airport on Tuesday, November 3 around 4 pm broke out, about 60 people who fell to his ploy are said to have called at the police station as having been defrauded by Anyomi. He is said to usually meet his victims in hotels and restaurants near the Kotoka International Airport.
The Airport District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police Yao Tetega, who briefed newsmen, said Anyomi was arrested after one of the victims had lodged a complaint with the police.
According to him, the complainant claimed Anyomi had collected GH¢5,500 from him under the pretext of helping him get enlisted into the Ghana Immigration Service.
However, after receiving the money from the complainant early this year, Anyomi failed to deliver on his promise and went into hiding. It was when the complainant sent in calls after calls without replies from his end that that made him realized that he had been defrauded.
The police then affected his arrest with the help of other victims.
The police later established through its investigations that most of his victims were from the Brong Ahafo Region where he had employed two middlemen to sign on people to facilitate his scheme.
Anyomi reportedly extorted between GH¢3,000 and GH¢5,000 from some of the victims, depending on the security service they wanted to join apart from the initial registration or consultancy fees paid.
The fraudster is said not only to have admitted that he was engaged in the fraudulent activity but also that he was unemployed and not a worker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as he claimed.
The police urged anyone who had been defrauded by Anyomi to contact the Airport Police as investigations continued.