Pastor Kwame wura Bempah
Kwame Wura Bempah, 54-year-old head pastor of Christian Faith Vineyard at Dome, has been arrested by the police for defrauding six persons of an amount of GH ¢ 304,020 under the pretext of securing them visas to travel abroad.
Two of his accomplices, Kwabena Owusu and Juliet Maabena Peprah, are currently at large.
The victims, according to the police, were asked to pay about GH ¢ 70,000 each for the visas.
The suspect is currently in police custody assisting with investigations.
Confirming the fraudulent case to DAILY GUIDE, DSP Freeman Tetteh, Accra Regional Public Relations Officer, said Pastor Bempah was arrested on Thursday July 10, 2014, at his office off the Spintex Road.
On May 5, 2014, information received indicated that the three suspects led by Pastor Bempah advertised on the internet that a company in America needed people for employment.
The victims, on seeing the advertisement, contacted Pastor Bempah on telephone. He then directed them to his office at Dome.
The victims met the suspects including Pastor Bempah and they confirmed the publication on the internet.
Pastor Bempah then asked the victims to pay GH ¢ 28,000 each as processing fee and they readily paid.
Pastor Bempah again asked the victims to buy the visa forms from Ecobank and thereafter return the forms to him personally.
The suspect again took the victims to the American Embassy for their fingerprints to be taken.
Pastor Bempah promised the victims that they would be travelling on protocol and then asked them to pay the remaining amount into his Access bank account with number 0081622525021, which they obliged.
On May 21, 2014, the pastor sent the visas to the victims through the internet and asked the others to be ready.
On June 5, 2014, Pastor Bempah again sent the remaining visas to the other victims on the internet and promised them that they would be travelling outside the country on June 13, and 15, 2014 respectively.
First complainant according to the police paid GH ¢ 53, 800, while second to sixth paid GH ¢ 69,500, GH ¢ 107,600, GH ¢ 12,000, GH ¢ 13,120.00 and GH ¢ 48,000 respectively.
On the given date that the victims were to travel, Pastor Bempah went into hiding and was never seen again.
The six persons reported the matter to the police and through investigations he was apprehended by the police.
He has been charged with the offence of defrauding by false pretences and would be sent to court soon.
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By Linda Tenyah
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