A 28 year old man and his 26 year old female accomplice have appeared before a court in Accra Saturday on charges of forgery of official documents, stealing and abetment of crime.
Peter Nuku Coffie (28) and Victoria Amanoo (26), both of whom are at the center of a series of fraudulent claims reported through BIMA, a subsidiary of Tigo.
Peter Nuku Coffie, who has plead guilty on all charges, has been sentenced 18 months in prison with hard labor. While Victoria Amanoo, on the other hand, has plead not guilty on all charges, and has been granted bail to the sum of GH¢8,000, with two sureties.
The complainant, Joseph Ekow Mensah, is an Anti-Fraud Manager at the Tigo Head Office in Adabraka, Accra.
The prosecutor, Sgt Lois Konadu, stated that on October 5, 2016, Tigo's Risk Unit sent management a report to the effect that certain clients' claims had been diverted to a set a numbers registered under the names of Irene Ofosu and Richmond Hammond without management's permission.
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Following the report from Tigo's Risk Unit, management quickly alerted staff of developments. Soon after, one of the aforementioned numbers was used to divert claims belonging to three other subscribers to the tune of GH¢ 3,600. While the second one was also used to divert a claim of GH¢ 800.
On November 8th, Victoria Amanoo presented a claim at the Tigo Head office, and was apprehended in the middle of it. While according to Sgt Konadu a week before, on November 1st, 2016, Godsway Coffiea, a witness in the case, presented a suspicious looking claim to the Tigo office at the Mallam Branch on behalf of Coffie.
According to the prosecuting officer, Victoria revealed in the course of interrogation that it was Peter Nuku Coffie who put her to her fraudulent task. She subsequently led police officers to Peter Nuku Coffie's location, where he was arrested.
Coffie later confessed to using the ID cards of previous claimants to register new SIM cards to facilitate the perpetration of his crimes. A search at Mr. Coffie's residence revealed the presence of claims forms, 10 assorted mobile phones, a printer, and other accessories.