The police in the Upper Manya district in the Eastern Region has arrested a 60-year-old man for defrauding people on the pretext of sending them to South Africa for further studies.
Mark Kwadzo Dzamasi aka Mark Fay Akkers, who told his victims that he is a former teacher but worked for the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), a non-governmental organization, is alleged to have been armed with forged documents of some institutions as the University of Ghana, Legon, PPAG and the French Embassy in Accra.
Dzamasi allegedly succeeded in swindling the DCE of Upper Manya district that he needed assistance as a doctoral student undertaking research in systematic counseling.
The DCE subsequently introduced him to various organisations, as well as churches in the district and thereby enabling him to train 40 members of the churches on counseling techniques and how to collect data for his thesis between between December last year and May this year.
He is alleged to have told the participants that his project work was being sponsored by the PPAG and the French Embassy and that interested participants would be sent to South Africa for further training and recruited later as field officers for PPAG.
Dzamasi therefore, wittingly lured some people who showed interest to part away with GH¢100 to GH¢2,000 supposedly for their biometric passports, medical examination and other travelling documentation.
The police claim, the suspect after defrauding the people went into hiding until intelligence report revealed that he was hiding and operating around Ho and Dzolokpuita in the Volta Region.
On his arrest at Dzolokpuita ,the suspect had in possession forged letters introducing him as a member of the Lordina Mahama Foundation and a staff (member) of the PPAG.