Man arrested over fake Facebook account of Police Commissioner, Tetteh Yohunu

Man arrested over fake Facebook account of Police Commissioner, Tetteh Yohunu

- 19-year-old Michael Asare has been arrested by the police for allegedly creating a fake Facebook account in the name of police Commissioner of Police (COP) Mr Christian Tetteh Yohuno

-  Police investigations had established that Asare used the fake identity to defraud four persons of about GH¢2,000

-  He downloaded pictures of the police chief in police uniform and used them as the profile and cover pictures

- Through the fake Facebook account, Asare accepted a number of friend requests from people

- Asare sent messages to some friends of Mr Yohuno claiming he had been stranded abroad and needed financial assistance 

- He managed to defraud four victims to the tune of about GH¢2,000

Man arrested over fake Facebook account of Police Commissioner, Tetteh Yohunu

The suspect, Michael Asare

A 19-year-old Junior High School (JHS) dropout, Micahel Asare has been picked up by the police for allegedly creating a fake Facebook account in the name of the Director-General of Operations of the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police (COP) Mr Christian Tetteh Yohuno.

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The suspect is said to be a resident of Agbozume in the Volta Region.

According to Mr Herbert Gustav Yankson, the Director of the Cyber Crime Unit of the Ghana Police Service, police investigations had established that Asare used the fake identity to defraud four persons of about GH¢2,000.

Asare is said to have downloaded pictures of the police chief in police uniform and used them as the profile and cover pictures, having bought an unregistered MTN sim card with registration number 0555734476 with which he successfully created the fake account in the name of “Christian Tetteh Yohuno”.

Through the fake Facebook account, Asare received a number of friend requests from people who knew Mr Yohuno which he accepted and started communicating with some of them through Facebook.

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Mr Yankson said Asare, through the fake identity, sent messages to some friends of Mr Yohuno in Ghana and abroad claiming he had been stranded abroad and needed financial assistance. He also promised to assist some of his contacts to get enlisted in the Ghana Police Service.

In the ensuing communications, he managed to defraud four victims to the tune of about GH¢2,000.

On Friday, March 4, 2016 the police upon a tip-off, gathered intelligence which led to the arrest of Asare at a cyber café at Agbozume.

Asare admitted the offence and stated in his caution statement that he had only made about GH¢2,000 from the scam.

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Meanwhile, when Mr Yohuno was contacted, he confirmed being privy to information that someone was using his name to defraud people.

He said he never had an account on Facebook.

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