US gold firm implicates Ghana Police hierarchy in gold fraud scandal

US gold firm implicates Ghana Police hierarchy in gold fraud scandal

- US firm has implicated Ghana Police Service hierarchy in GHC1.3 million gold fraud scandal

- The firm has called on the Presidency to ensure that justice be done

Green Global Resources, a licensed US based gold purchasing firm, has implicated the Ghana Police hierarchy in a GHC1.3 million gold fraud scandal that resulted in the arrest of a former East Legon Police Commander.

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US gold firm implicates Ghana Police hierarchy in gold fraud scandal

James Barbieri

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Speaking to the members of the media on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, the company's Director of Strategy and Business Development, Mr. Jame Barbieri, stated that the group's ringleader, one Mr. Courage Kobby, seems to have been left scot-free.

Mr. Barbieri, who met with the media in order to give more information regarding the case, said that police service's apparent decision to leave Mr. Kobby off the hook shows that he [Mr. Kobby] is in cahoots with the police.

The Green Global Resources official also expressed his disappointment of how the current IGP, Mr. David Asante Apeatu, has conducted the investigation till day. This - according to him - even though numerous assurances had been given when he first occupied the office of Inspector General of Police.

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Mr. Barbieri also called on the Presidency to ensure that justice be done swiftly this case since it may have a bearing on Ghana's foreign investment ambitions. He stressed that even though his company would like to continue to do legitimate business in Ghana, employees no longer feel secure.

"...managers are becoming apprehensive whether they can come and continue to invest in Ghana or not,” said Mr. Barbieri.

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Mr. Barbieri also added that to this day neither the money, nor the gold they sought to buy had been returned to them, and called on the Presidency, the Inspector General of Police, and the Director General of the Ghana Police Service's Criminal Investigations Department (CID), to either retrieve the company' money, or the gold - which he believed was in the police's possession - they sought to buy.

He went on to say that should the ring leaders be allowed to go free, it would affect Ghana's image abroad negatively, which could make potential investors apprehensive.

It would be recalled that a former Commander of the East Legon Police Command - DSP Emmanuel Basintale - was interdicted in March this along with five others following a year long investigation.

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