Story: Zainabu Issah
TWO men who are alleged to have posed as national security officials at the Castle, Osu, to dupe eight people under the pretext of helping them acquire confiscated vehicles are in the grip of the Nima Police.
The suspects, Benjamin Quarshie, alias Emmanuel Quarshie, 27, and Nana Kwame Takyi, alias Detective Sergeant Rolland Banor, 38, promised to buy confiscated vehicles at cheap prices for their victims.
They allegedly succeeded in deceiving a banker with their fake identities and collected GH¢13,800 from him.
Quarshie and Takyi were arrested on July 30 and August 5, respectively.
Quarshie is already on court bail for other criminal activities he allegedly committed last May.
At a press briefing in Accra, the Nima Divisional Crime Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Amos Kweku Yelisong, described Quarshie as a “hi-tech fraudster” who had, on many occasions, posed as a member of staff of the National Security Council Secretariat and the Office of the President.
He said Quarshie also monitored the activities of dignitaries and used the information to lure his victims into believing that he was a trustworthy person and defrauded them.
He said through his dubious activities, Quarshie had been able to collect huge sums of money from people and built a house at Kasoa and purchased two vehicles from the proceeds.
He said searches at the residences of Quarshie in Accra, Tema and New Edubiase in the Ashanti Region by the Nima Divisional Intelligence Team revealed a number of passport-sized photographs of his victims.
DSP Yelisong advised the public to be cautious of the people from whom they sought assistance when buying cars and acquiring visas.
PUBLISHED IN DAILY GRAPHIC ON13TH AUGUST 2010