Three Ghanaians Busted Over £5 UK Fraud
Two Ghanaian tricksters together with their UK counterpart were on Tuesday arrested over allegations of trade-based money laundering and romance fraud.
According to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) initiators of the arrest, the suspects, Moro Musah and Sabina Adzre, allegedly collaborated with UK-based Opoku Agyeman to swindle over 16 people in the UK of about £5 million.
While making this disclosure to the media, Deputy Executive Director of EOCO in charge of Operations, Nana Antwi, said a one-year investigation in collaboration with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), NACOB, Police, and under the auspices of EOCO and the UK’s National Crime Agency have been underway to arrest and expose such fraudsters.
He noted that, the investigations, kickstarted by the UK’s Crime Agency, discovered that money garnered through the crime were transferred to Ghana through some banks, withdrawn and later invested in legitimate businesses. Nana Antwi revealed that “following an investigation into trade-based money laundering in the UK and in Ghana, the NCA commenced an investigation into the money laundering and romance fraud.
“So far, the investigations have uncovered that over 16 persons have fallen victims to this fraud from which over £5 million has been identified as stolen from victims in the UK.”
He continued: “This amount has been transferred from the UK and found their way through certain accounts in some banks in Ghana. Currently, those monies have been withdrawn from those accounts.” A thorough search in some residence in Accra lead to the arrest of the suspects in Accra.