Crime & Punishment of Tue, 12 Feb 20198
Policeman sacked, charged for receiving GHC70K from a Chinese to ‘kill’ investigation
A police officer dismissed for misconduct, has appeared before the Circuit Court in Accra with two bankers for allegedly defrauding a Chinese national to the tune of 70,000 cedis.
The officer, Cyril Lumor Frank, was said to have claimed he could assist to discontinue EOCO investigations into the activities of the Chinese national, Jianhua Chen, and consequently got his accomplices to pose as EOCO officials.
Frank and his accomplices Mark Fuakye, a worker with First Atlantic Bank and Prosper Kwashie Sossie of Energy Bank Ghana Limited were said to have impersonated one Charles Ofori, an Officer of EOCO.
They are jointly charged with conspiracy with Frank facing additional charge of defrauding by false, money laundering, and impersonation.
The Court presided over by Mrs Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye has reserved their plea for February 25 when they are expected to make their second appearance in court.
It further told the prosecutors to put their house in order.
In the meantime, they have been granted 70,000-cedi bail with two sureties each. The sureties must be gainfully employed and must be earning not less than 1,500 cedis.
As part of their bail conditions, they are to report to the EOCO from Monday to Friday in the morning.
Prosecution told the court that Frank is a former Police officer of the Ghana Police Service who has been dismissed.
Prosecution said the accused persons impersonated Charles Ofori an officer of EOCO to defraud Jianhua Chen, Chinese in the sum of 70,000 cedis.
According to prosecution the three accused persons received GH¢65,000 cedis earlier and shared it among themselves and that on February 6, this year, Frank was picked up when he went to take the balance of the 5,000 cedis more.
The prosecution said preliminary investigations revealed that the three accused persons represented to Jianhua Chen that they could assist to discontinue an investigation into her activities by EOCO.