Samuel Boakye, a 55-year-old businessman, was given three years in prison by an Accra Circuit Court for scamming three people into giving him money under the guise of helping them join different security agencies.
Boakye pleaded guilty when he was charged with three counts of fraud by false pretenses.
Boakye was found guilty and given a sentence by the court, which was led by Mrs. Patricia Amponsah.
It also said that Boakye had to pay the amount after he had served his time.
Inspector Rosemond Anyane, who was working as the prosecutor, told the court that Dumeda Seftsofia Junior, Elizabeth Mensah, and Constance Acheampong Otuo, all of Accra, were the people who filed the complaints.
The prosecution said that Boakye, who was already in prison, lived at Circle, which is near Neoplan Station in Accra.
It said that in the year 2020, a witness in the case, Enyonam Gertrude Amegah, met Boakye at Kwame Nkrumah Circle and became friends with him.
The prosecution said that Boakye had asked Gertrude if she knew anyone who wanted to join the security services and that he could help.
It said that when the witness got the promise, she told her relatives in the Volta Region and in Accra about it.
The people who filed the complaints showed interest and started talking to Boakye, the prosecution said.
It said that Boakye asked Seftsofia Junior for and got GHS700, Elizabeth Mensah for GHS1,950, and Constance Acheampong Otuo for GHS1,950, for a total of GHS4,600.
The prosecution said that Boakye promised the complainants that he would help them get jobs in the Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Immigration Service, and Ghana Customs after he got the money from them.
Soon after getting the money, Boakye didn’t do what he said he would do, so he ran away.
The prosecution said that Gertrude saw Boakye at Kwame Nkrumah Circle on November 7, this year, which led to his arrest.
Boakye was taken to the Adabraka Police Station so that they could look into what happened. While being questioned, Boakye admitted to the crime and said that he gave the money to one Ansong to make things easier.
The prosecution said, though, that Boakye could not have led the police to arrest Ansong.