Two Nigerians who allegedly used fake 100 dollar bills to defraud a Ghanaian of GH¢4,700 (local currency) under the pretext of entering into a joint business venture have been arrested by the Commercial Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.The two suspects, Justina Che, 38 and Matthew Agbor , 42 were arrested at a hotel in Akweteman in the national capital, where they were trying to dupe two foreigners using the same fake dollar bills.
A travelling bag containing 143 bundles of fake 100 dollar bills and a cash of GH¢2,000 was retrieved from the suspect after their arrest. The Director of the Commercial Crime Unit, Superintendent Felix Mawusi said the complainant is a Civil Engineer living at Mamprobi in Accra and in May this year a man known only as Papa who is now at large introduced Justina as a French Investor who wanted to relocate from the Ivory Coast to Ghana to establish a company and was looking for a Ghanaian to partner her.
He said after the initial introduction Justina met again with the complainant in the company of Mathew and showed him a trunk full of neatly packed 100 dollar notes claiming she needed local currency to enable her do some documentation. Supt Mawusi said Justina made false representations and managed to get the complainant to part with GH¢4, 700 which she claimed will be used to pay for goods meant for the investment.
He said as soon as she got the money the two went into hiding and when all efforts to trace their whereabouts failed the complainant realised that he had been duped so he made a compliant to the police. He said on August 10, 2011 police had information that Justina and Matthew had invited two foreigners to a hotel at Akweteman to dupe them so police personnel from the Police Headquarters Operations Unit were dispatched to the hotel and monitored their movement for sometime before arresting them.
The Unit Director said a search revealed a huge bag filled with 143 bundles of fake dollar bills all in 100m denominations neatly packed and covered with cotton wool. Two thousand cedis was found on them. Upon interrogation the two Nigerians claimed ownership of the fake currency and mentioned the names of Osman, Papa and Ali as the persons they are working with. they admitted defrauding the complainant.Investigations are on going after which they will be put before court