Issues Victims of romance fraud deserve no sympathy - Counsellor Lutterodt suggests

According to him, it is legally wrong to defraud people but he was quick to add that socially it was not wrong.

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Counsellor George Lutterodt has suggested that victims of romance fraud deserve no sympathy, following the arrest of three Ghanaians by a  joint Ghana and UK security operation christened “Operation Grateful."

According to him, it is legally wrong to defraud people but he was quick to add that socially it was not wrong.

The controversial counsellor made the comments on Joy's "Ghana Connect" show on Friday.

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"It is greed not love so when they say it is romance, I don't know where the romance is coming from. People are looking for what is not there and they are hiding in the name of love to disgrace themselves," he said.

"So when you hear somebody is defrauded, legally it is wrong, but socially it is right," he added.

The three, Opoku Agyemang, Moro Musah and Sabina Adzre, are said to have defrauded 16 Britons women into falling in love with them and taking huge sums of money from them.

Addressing the media at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, 17 October, Deputy Director of Ghana’s Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO), Nana Antwi that the “Operation Grateful” which led to their arrest was successful through the joint collaboration of Ghanaian security authorities and the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

“A joint, simultaneous operation to arrest and search premises here and in the UK has been undertaken this morning,” Nana Antwi said, adding that “A certain Opoku Agyemang has been arrested in the UK.”

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"This investigation has been led by EOCO together with officers from the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), backed by uniformed police.  

“Because it was simultaneous, the UK law enforcement officers also took part at their end and in the case of Ghana, it has resulted in the arrest of two suspects in Accra believed to be involved in this high-end money laundering,” Nana Antwi said.

EOCO said investigations are still ongoing adding that “this is a complex organised financial crime.”

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