A 32-year-old person was remanded by the Koforidua Circuit Court for being involved in a fraud and posing as a UK based doctor. Daniel Okyere The accused, was attempting to defraud victims worth ¢70,750 and had forced two to marry for facilitating their UK trip.
The complainants were Mavis Asante, 27 years serving as a Hotel Receptionist and, Doris Asante 30, years serving as a Teacher, and Bismark Owusu 30, years serving as Administrative Manager.
Inspector Owusu Ababio, The Prosecutor, expressed to the court that was presided by Mercy A Kotei that, in the year 2017, the main accused met Mavis Asante introducing himself as a Medical Doctor and Specialist in Oncology working in the U.K. by becoming friends Mavis had an interest to travel to the UK for pursuing further education and the accused gave an assurance to assist her. In 2019, the accused made an initial demand of ¢5,000 for obtaining medical and insurance report. Again in July, he demanded a sum of ¢5000 from Mavis which was paid just at ¢4,350.
Doris Asante had obtained admission in some University of the UK and she was introduced to the indicted person by her sister, Mavis. He convinced her to get Bismark Owusu, her fiancée to join up as a way of reducing the Plane ticket cost. He also demanded their passports and an amount of ¢18,000 for beginning the process and obtained the amount.
They paid ¢54,400 for visa acquisition, plus medical report, and obtaining the bank statement and air ticket. The two persons were induced to marry and obtain the marriage certificate for enhancing the stay eligibility in the UK. Also ¢12,000 were used for organizing the ceremony of marriage and to obtain the marriage certificate issued by Magistrate Court ‘B’ of Koforidua District. The accused forged UK travelling visa carrying the names of e victims and gave it to them.
Mr Owusu received the passport/visa and was suspicious resulting in visiting Regional Immigration Office to verify and was told regarding the documents being fake.
Police made efforts to arrest Daniel Okyere but it was a difficult task until a victim pretended to raise some money for a payment and the police was able to arrest him when he was collecting the money.
He also admitted to the offence and claimed that Titus Awuku forged the passports/visas and failed to locate the house he stayed in.
The Accused was charged with two counts of fraud by false pretence as well as forgery. He is scheduled to appear in the Court on Nov 12, 2019.
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