16-year-old, 2 others busted for SIM Box fraud

An Anti-Telecommunication Fraud taskforce has arrested three persons including a teenager for SIM box fraud.

The criminal activities of the three have for the past four months, cost the nation over $200,000 loss..

Eric Akpanya, Selasi Dopernyo and a 16-year old were arrested on July 6 at a hide-out in Tema Community 12, Hno B56.

The Police seized two Sim boxes, 700 MTN Sim cards, 100 Airtel recharge cards, 100 Tigo recharge cards, one gen set, a laptop, 16 antennas.

The arrest was effected through the collaborative work of the Criminal Investigations Department, National Communications Authority (NCA) and telecoms operating in the country.

There is a national crackdown on Sim box fraud believed to be costing government and telecos huge revenue losses.

A former boss of Ghana Real Estates Developers Association (GREDA), Dr Alexander Tweneboah, and nine others were arrested in January 2015, by the Anti-Telecommunication Fraud taskforce.

Communications Minister Omane Boamah at the premises of suspects in the January swoop

The police allege that the activities of the suspects in the Tweneboah case caused $33 million financial loss to the state.

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