The Ghana police service is investigating a suspected fraudster Peter Sowatey who allegedly posed as a national security operative at the Flag Staff House and duped a Chinese woman of GHC36, 000.
According to a Ghanaian Chronicle report, the headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service confirmed through a highly placed source that the businesswoman arrived in the country about five years ago and went into partnership with a Ghanaian to work on a mining concession at Gwira Bamso in the East Nzema District, near Axim, in the Western Region.
Sowatey, 30, under the pretext of securing her a mining license demanded the money to facilitate the necessary documents via his connections at the hierarchy at the seat of Government.
The suspect according to the source is described at the seat of government as a “goro boy” (an errand boy) who further investigations by Chronicle revealed was at a point in time a self-styled aide at the Confiscated Assets Committee, where he went on a spree of allegedly duping unsuspected persons under the guise of securing them allocated vehicles.
He was sacked from that section, but mysteriously landed at the vicinities of the Flag Staff House as an aide to certain ‘big shots’. He is reported to have admitted in his statement that he is still a special aide to one NITI at the Office of the President, a claim later found to be false.
The story of Sowatey is said to have opened up a face of some unscrupulous persons faking identity cards of Presidential staffers and National Security operatives, to dupe innocent people.
Meanwhile, the Chinese, 62 year old Madam Luo Zian, after weeks without hearing a word from the suspect, threatened to report him to the police but he cleverly cowed her into fear by informing her that President John Dramani Mahama wanted to arrest her for allegedly making derogatory statements about the number one gentleman of the country, so she should go into hiding.
Sometime in November, 2015, Sowatey invited her to a place in East Legon and informed her of an 'order', allegedly issued by the President of the Republic for her arrest, because the security operatives had wind of derogatory remarks she reportedly made about him.
The woman is said to have obliged and went into hiding for several weeks until on the 4th of December, 2015, Sowatey fell to a dummy meeting at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Accra, during which time, detectives from the police headquarters kept surveillance whilst the meeting was on-going.
He was apprehended by the police and admitted that he defrauded the lady and promised to pay back the said amount.
He however, issued a post-dated cheque with face value of GHC36, 000 to be honoured on the 28th of December, 2015, which earned him a police enquiry bail.
Sowatey is said to have gone into hiding and all efforts to locate him has proved futile.
The police say they are left with one option, which is to enforce the bond on the surety, who signed his bail bond.