Cocobod CEO Impersonators arrested by Police

Cocobod CEO Impersonators arrested by Police

- The CID have picked up two persons for impersonating Ghana Cocobod CEO Dr Opuni

- They created a Facebook account and used his name to defraud people

- They ended up collecting various sums of money under guise of employing them 

- The police hatched a plan and arrested the suspects with the aid of a supposed victim

Cocobod CEO Impersonators arrested by Police

From left: Latif Apolala and Christian Obeng

Two persons,  Latif Apolala alias Davido, 30 and Christian Obeng alias Borga, 29 have been arrested for allegedly impersonating the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod), Dr Stephen K Opuni, and using his name to defraud some people.

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The two were said to have created a Facebook account in the name of the Cocobod CEO using his pictures and details whilst promising to offer jobs at his organization to willing customers who were ready to offer money in exchange for the job.

They ended up collecting various sums of money from their victims.

Apolola and Obeng usually asked University Degree holders who wanted to secure jobs with the Cocobod to pay GH¢4,000, while HND holders paid GH¢3,000.

A complainant who had had a chat with the supposed Dr Opuni hinted the police when he lodged a complaint with them that he had been instructed to meet a supposed messenger of the Cococbod CEO at a designated place near Achimota, Mile 7 in Accra.

The Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police (COP) Mr Prosper K. Agblor, who briefed newsmen on Wednesday, said the Cybercrime Unit of the CID had earlier on received information on February 26, 2016 that someone was impersonating the Cocobod CEO.

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They therefore hatched a plan with the complainant, who was supposed to deliver his CV and GH¢3, 500 to facilitate the process of securing the Cocobod job.

All this while, the cybercrime experts had contacted Dr Opuni, who confirmed that he did not have a Facebook account.

Apolala was successfully lured by the complainant and the investigators to meet him and collect the money.

The police arrested Apolala when he showed up.

Upon interrogation Apolola told the police he had been sent by a supposed Dr Opuni to collect the money. He subsequently led the police to cause the arrest of Obeng.

According to Mr Agblor, Obeng admitted during investigation that he created the Facebook account in the name of Stephen K Opuni and the email account stepheneopuni43@gmail.com to facilitate his plans.

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The two have since been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and attempting to commit crime to wit defrauding by false pretences.

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