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The name of the Director of communication at the seat of government, Eugene Arhin popped up in a Kaneshie District Court when one Joseph Ofosu Nartey appeared to face three counts of defrauding by false pretenses.

Joseph who is a self-styled Journalist based in Koforidua used the name of Mr Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency to swindle three persons under the pretext of securing a job and auction vehicles.

Joseph Ofosu allegedly collected various sums of money from from one Yusif Shafu totaling Ghc2,500 under the pretext of nominating him as District Chief Executive for Sene West using the influence of Eugene Arhin.

The self-styled journalist also collected Ghc1, 000 and Ghc2, 000 from one Alhaji Musah Mohammed and Osei Adiyah, respectively under the intent of obtaining auctioned vehicles for them from the ports using the presidency’s protocol allocation.

Ofosu has pleaded not guilty, thereafter the court presided over by Ms. Rosemond Dodua Agyiri admitted him to bail in the sum of GHC10,000.00 with three sureties to reappear on February 11.

According to the Prosecuting Inspector, Isaac Anquandah, Mr Arhin, Director of Communications to the President himself lodged the complainant.

Inspector Anquandah said in August 2019, Mr Arhin reported to the Bureau of National Investigations that some persons were using his name in defrauding some individuals under the pretext of securing them cars, appointing or nominating them as Metropolitan, Municipal, District Chief Executives (MMDCE’s) who would be affected by the President’s impending reshuffles.

Prosecution said the scammers then asked their victims to pay money on four mobile money accounts numbers, some of which belonged to his girlfriend.

The prosecutor said in the process, Ofosu was nabbed and investigations showed that he received some monies sent to his girlfriend’s phone number after the said girlfriend had cashed the monies.

Prosecution said the accused person targeted officials of the New Patriotic Party and conducted his mobile money business at three different places within Koforidua.


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