Punish fraud victims – Judge

Punish fraud victims – JudgeA Circuit Court Judge on Thursday said there is the need for the Attorney General’s Department to come out with a law that would punish persons who dished out huge sums of money to people for services they would not be in the position to deliver.

According to Mr. D.E.K. Daketsey, the police could make such a proposal to the office of the Attorney General for the law to curb the increasing number of fraud cases.

He expressed regret that in some instances intellectuals such as engineers and doctors fell prey to fraudulent people.

Mr Dakestey made the proposal when a 28-year-old unemployed man, Mohammed Nuru, appeared before him for collecting 8,000 dollars from a trader under the pretext of securing him with United States visa but failed to do so.

Nuru is said to have used the money to promote his business.

When the court asked the complainant, Mr Nuredeen Haruna whether he knew the occupation of the accused person, he said he was unemployed.

Mr Haruna further told the court that although the accused person was unemployed he had what described as “connections” which he used to secure visas for people travelling abroad.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) E.Y. Frimpong, the prosecutor, told the court that Mr Haruna wanted to travel to the United States and approached Nuru to assist him.

Nuru, the prosecution said, therefore collected 8,000 dollars to procure documents for the trip.

However, after collecting the money, he failed to provide the complainant with the visa and started telling stories.

A report was made to the Police and Nuru was arrested.

When the Police questioned him, he admitted collecting the money saying he used it to promote his business.

Source: GNA