Crime Police Commander arrested for GH¢1.6m gold fraud

The police officers, according to police reports, connived with seven civilians to defraud some gold buyers.

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Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr Emmanuel Basintale play

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr Emmanuel Basintale

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The commander in-charge of the East Legon Police Station, DSP Emmanuel Basintale, junior police officers and some civilians have been arrested in connection with a number of alleged fraudulent gold deals running into several millions of Ghana cedis.

The police officers, according to police reports, connived with seven civilians to defraud some gold buyers.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) which effected the arrests has given the names of the four policemen as RSM John Sovor, Corporal Baleto Buafuor, Lance Corporal Ignatius Asamoah Mensah, Detective Lance Corporal Cyrus Conduah, Detective Corporal John Maloni Juaba – all stationed at the East Legon Police Station and Detective Sergeant Charles Owusu Boateng of the Achimota School Police Station.

The civilian suspects are Anthony Yaw Osei, alias Wofa; Frederick Kofi Appiah, alias Nana Agyei; William Hansua and George Yeboah, Nana Kofi Mensah, Joseph Boakye and Nana Adjei.

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Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, said the police personnel and their civilian counterparts were arrested for their involvement in two separate gold fraud cases.

He said the complainant in the gold deal that exposed DSP Basintale was Green Global Resources, a licensed dealer in gold and other minerals.

Supt Arthur said in November last year, the company contacted one Adedayo Jalil Adedotum to assist it to purchase gold bars for export.

After he had agreed to help, Adedayo arranged a meeting among the company, its bankers, Courage Gesepe, a gold dealer, and another person whose name was given only as Frank, also a gold dealer.

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During the meeting, Gesepe offered 20 kilogrammes of  gold for sale at $31,000 per kilogramme, to which the company agreed, but requested that it would have to test the gold.

Green Global Resource on November 10, 2016, reportedly contacted one Adedayo Jelil Adedotum, a businessman, who has a track record in the purchase of gold to assist them buy gold.

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Mr. Adedayo then arranged a meeting for officials of the company and suspects Courage Gegepe and one Frank, who claimed to be a gold seller, at a hotel in Accra.

During the said meeting, Courage allegedly offered for sale to the Green Global officials 20 kilograms of gold at USD31,000 per a kilogram.

Two others, a chief and a queenmother from Tarkwa in the Western Region are currently at large

The group, believed to be led by DSP Basintale, is alleged to have defrauded Green Global Resources Company Limited of GH¢1.3 million under the pretext of selling 13 gold bars to the company.

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