A young man identified as Nuetey Latif Ahinguah has been slapped with a 12-month prison sentence with hard labour for impersonating Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta on social media.
The suspect who gave his name as Oliver and Emmanuel Asare, at the same time, was on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 arraigned before the Kaneshie Magistrate court in Accra for ‘defrauding by false pretence’.
The Magistrate court, presided over by Her Worship E.B. Botchway, convicted the accused to serve a twelve-month jail sentence after Ahinguah pleaded guilty for the offence of defrauding by false pretences.
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The charge sheet indicated the suspect, Ahinguah and his accomplices, began creating fraudulent Facebook accounts in 2018.
Apart from targeting the Finance Minister, they also created accounts in the name of National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah.
The criminals also used the accounts in defrauding unsuspecting people under the pretext of securing them employment, and cars to buy at very ridiculous or ‘give away’ prices.
“Unsuspecting people fell prey to these criminals and transferred several amounts of money to the fraudsters on a given mobile money number,” read the charge sheet.
Meanwhile, security agencies say investigations are still ongoing in an attempt to arrest Ahinguah’s accomplices, among others, for fraudulent acts both within Ghana and abroad.