Victoria Hamah and Richard Frimpong-Dardo
Richard Frimpong-Dardo, lover of embattled former Deputy Communications Minister, Victoria Hamah, was yesterday arrested by the Dansoman police in Accra over a $260,000 fraud case, DAILY GUIDE has gathered.
An attempt to detain the suspect did not go down well with Ms Hamah, who stormed the station to protest vehemently in defence of her lover.
Frimpong-Dardo was, however, detained for close to three hours until his lawyer arrived and stood in as surety for him before he was released and asked to report to the station at 11:00 am today.
Richard was the same person Vicky reported to the police for allegedly assaulting her over sexual relationship and purported stealing of money
Information reaching DAILY GUIDE indicated that Mr Frimpong-Dardo’s arrest was on instructions from the Police Headquarters; and the case would be forwarded from the Dansoman Police Command to the Headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
According to sources, the suspected fraudster had gone underground until DAILY GUIDE published a story about him and Vicky Hamah, alerting the complainant about his whereabouts and leading to the instruction to the Dansoman police to arrest him (Richard).
Monday’s arrest was the second one Frimpong-Dardo had encountered in a space of two weeks.
On September 10, his lover, Victoria Hamah, reported him to same Police Station over matters relating to domestic violence and theft of unspecified amount of money.
However, Richard was said to have made GH¢38,000 payment to the sacked deputy minister before he was granted bail at the police station.
DAILY GUIDE gathered that Richard had been on the police wanted list after a certain Kwame Amponsah, a gold miner, reported a fraud case against him.
According to the complainant, he gave permission to some business partners of his in the United States to deposit an amount of $260,000 into Vicky’s lover’s foreign bank account but the latter vanished into thin air the moment the money landed in the account.
The paper learnt that Frimpong-Dardo was introduced to Kwame Amponsah by Joseph Bediako, National Organiser of the National Democratic Party (NDP) as a businessman who could help him contact foreign investors who were interested in buying gold.
The introduction was said to have been done when Vicky Hamah was still in government.
Kwame Amponsah and Frimpong-Dardo later travelled to the United States of America to sell some 8kg of gold to some Jews on April 1, 2014.
On reaching Atlanta in America, the Jewish clients were said to be having their ‘Passover’ festival and could therefore not transact any commercial business.
The two then moved to California where they met other businessmen who agreed to buy 6kg of the gold but since Kwame Amponsah had no foreign account, it was agreed that the money be paid into the foreign account of Frimpong-Dardo.
After receiving the money Frimpong-Dardo was said to have left for Ghana without informing Kwame Amponsah.
All attempts by Kwame Amponsah to get the money from Frimpong-Dardo have since proved futile.
He therefore reported the case at the CID Headquarters.
When the paper contacted Chief Superintendent Antwi Tabi, the Dansoman Divisional Police Commander, he said it was the CID that gave his outfit the signal to apprehend Frimpong-Dardo who is said to be the son of a former banker.
By Linda Tenyah
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