Man Chops ¢1.6bn In Police Recruit Scam

Amos Kofi Brown

Amos Kofi Brown

The Western Regional Police Command has arrested a 47-year-old man for his alleged involvement in the recent fraudulent police recruitment exercise.

The suspect, Amos Kofi Brown, also called Ogyaframa, claimed he is a marketing manager of Radio Silver, a private radio station in Sekondi.

According to the police, the suspect managed to dupe the unsuspecting victims of about GH¢160,000.

The police explained that the modus operandi of Amos Brown was that he purportedly collected GH¢4,000.00 from each applicant after issuing them with fake recruitment letters.

The police said the suspect claimed that so far about 40 people paid the recruitment fee, totalling GH¢160,000.00 Briefing journalists in Sekondi, the Western Regional Police Commander, DCOP Isaac Alex Quainoo, said that the suspect was arrested on March 3, 2015.

He indicated that on that day, at about 5pm, personnel of the Regional Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service had information that the suspect was collecting monies from unsuspecting youth in the metropolis.

The commander intimated that Amos Kofi Brown was collecting the monies under the pretext of recruiting the youth into the Ghana Police Service.

He mentioned that the team proceeded to the suspect’s house at Bakaekyir near Sekondi and arrested him.

A search in his room revealed 16 photocopies of result slips, four Ghana Police appointment letters and prospectus as well as six birth certificates.

The rest were a list of names of victims, one Ghana Commercial Bank pay-in slip bearing the name Patrick Eden Timbilla, with face value of GH¢11,400 and account number 1181120007220, dated October 21, 2014.

“Eleven passport-size photographs and brown envelope having the address and account number of Patrick Eden Timbilla were also found,” The police regional boss added.

DCOP Quainoo maintained that the suspect claimed ownership of the items and mentioned one Baba Alifa residing in the region as his accomplice.

The suspect also admitted having collected GH¢4,000.00 from each of the 40 people he promised recruiting.

The suspect also alleged that he delivered the total sum of the money to Alifa through vehicles that plied Takoradi and other parts of the region.

Radio Silver Disowns Suspect
The police commander mentioned that even though the suspect claimed to be an employee of Radio Silver, the management of the station had said Kofi Brown did not work with them.

Meanwhile, the police are determined to investigate the issue since the suspect still claimed to be the marketing manager of the radio station and even drives one of the station’s vehicles.

FROM Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

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