Fake police officer, Stephen Owusu aka ‘Asendua’ has fortunately been saved from the Koforidua Local Prison by CCF, two years into his eight months imprisonment. He was sentenced to prison by a Kibi Circuit court for defrauding by false pretence.
Stephen told crimecheckghana that he impersonated a Policeman and used his picture for his profile photo on Facebook and with that he successfully defrauded an innocent lady who lives in the same area with him.
The seeming remorseful fraudster said his victim got to know his real identity after he uploaded his original picture with his nickname ‘Asendua’. The victim then caused his arrest which led to his imprisonment.
“I used a policeman’s picture, Nana, without his notice and manged to dupe the lady. I used two different phone numbers, one for me as the police officer and the other as ‘Asendua’ to interact with the lady by altering my voice.”
He added “I told her I had travelled abroad and I was stranded so she sent me Five Hundred Ghana cedis. Later, I asked for an additional One Thousand Five Hundred Ghana cedis but she said she could only afford One Thousand cedis. So, when I uploaded my original picture, she downloaded it and sent it to me via WhatsApp requiring to know its identity but I lied to her,” he narrated.
‘Asendua’ as he said he was popularly known in his area asked his victim not to interact with him but the lady smartly made him out through his original picture.
“The lady asked me to come for a gift she had bought for me including a cash of Eight Hundred Ghana cedis. After that and been suspicious, she asked me to pick him but unknowingly she had arranged for my arrest,” he said.
Stephen said he pleaded guilty to the crime and the court fined him Three Thousand Seven Hundred Ghana cedis or in default serve an eight month’s prison sentence. Without any choice because he couldn’t afford the fine, he decided to serve the sentence.
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