A/R: 3 car fraud suspects arrested

The Ashanti regional police command has arrested three suspects connected to a car fraud syndicate in the regional capital. The suspects are Osei Abrokwa, 32; Daniel Kofi Yirenkyi, 35; and Emmanuel Kwesi Anane, 32...


The Ashanti regional police command has arrested three suspects connected to a car fraud syndicate in the regional capital.

The suspects are Osei Abrokwa, 32; Daniel Kofi Yirenkyi, 35; and Emmanuel Kwesi Anane, 32.

The PRO of the command, ASP Godwin Ahianyo, told the media at a press briefing held on Friday, 29 March 2019 that preliminary investigations indicate that the suspects normally approach unsuspecting car dealers and feign interest in buying a car.

"They will then issue a cheque with the promise that the cheque will mature in three days for which the car dealer can go and withdraw from the bank. The suspects will later prepare forged documents to cover the vehicle and then send it to a garage to a prospective buyer and use the vehicle as collateral to secure loans from the buyer," he said.

The suspects, he said, will then call the original owner of the vehicle and tell the person that his or her vehicle has been abandoned at a particular garage and that they are no more interested in buying it.

"The owner will later go to the said garage and find out that the vehicle has been used as collateral to secure a loan. Both the vehicle owner and the money lender will later realise that they have been swindled by the suspects”.

ASP Ahianyo said luck eluded the suspects in one of their operations when the police had a tipoff on 26 March 2019 about their activities and got them arrested.

Investigations, he said, also suggest that the suspects have swindled a number of unsuspecting car dealers and other businessmen and women within the Kumasi metropolis and other parts of the country, “some of which are diversion of trucks loaded with bags of rice, beans, sugar, cashew nut and a host of them”.

“The suspects, at certain times, approach dealers to purchase goods with cheques and tell the unsuspecting dealer to clear the cheque in three working days, only for the dealer to be told by the bank that the cheque is fake,” ASP Ahianyo added.

The command has, therefore, called on the general public, especially those who have fallen victim to the suspects, to come to the regional Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to assist in investigations.

The command also believes this modus operandi employed in defrauding victims is becoming a new trend in the metropolis and other parts of the country. The law enforcement officers have, therefore, cautioned the general public, especially traders, car dealers, businessmen and women to be wary of such people.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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