Online fraud Bailed suspects return to criminal ways

The pair, Emmanuel Osei, 28, and Isaac Akye, 36, defrauded people who were looking to buy vehicles which they advertised on the popular online marketplace, Tonaton.

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The police in Accra have arrested two men for defrauding others barely weeks after they were bailed for a similar offence.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Osabarima Oware Asare Pinkro III, the Accra Regional Police Commander, the pair Emmanuel Osei, 28, and Isaac Akye, 36, defrauded people who were looking to buy vehicles which they advertised on the popular online marketplace, Tonaton.

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The duo also use the aliases Yaw Owusu and Hope Ahetoh, among others in their dealings.

In the first instance, the pair had advertised a car on the platform and a buyer expressed interest and an amount of money (85,000 cedis) was agreed upon. They met up and test drives and inspections were carried on the vehicle by the buyer. The prospective buyer then went in to the Osu branch of the Ghana Commercial Bank to transfer a part payment of 50,000 cedis to them.

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After the transfer had been made, Ahetoh escaped with another man (yet to be identified) with the car. With the help of the bank closed circuit system, they were identified and arrested.

They were granted bail and while investigations were ongoing into that case they attempted a similar scheme on a senior high school teacher in the Eastern Region but were unsuccessful.

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