Pastor in court over visa fraud

A 47-year-old pastor has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court after it was alleged that he took $32,084 and GHC13,760 from five people in an attempt to obtain US visas for them, but the plan fell through.

Accused on five counts of defrauding under false pretenses, Bismark Quaoo Yankey entered a not guilty plea.

Under Samuel Bright Acquah’s direction, the court granted Yankey bail in the amount of GHC 300,000 with three sureties.

The accused was ordered by the court to report to the police once a week, and the case was postponed until January 23, 2024.

Benjamin Tetteh Mensah, Daniel Teye, Charity Lugah, Stephen Egyir, and Charles Annor were the complainants’ respective carriers, traders’ supervisors, and businessmen, according to the prosecution lead by Inspector Sheila Tetteh.

Pastor in court over visa fraud

It stated that the complainants lived in Communities 2 and 8, respectively, and Tema Community 14 Sakumono, Kasoa, and Osu.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant also lived in Teshie, Accra.

The accused person’s name was brought up to the complainants in 2023, according to the prosecution, as someone who could help them get to the USA.

On the basis of that, the prosecution claimed that Yankey personally met with each of the complainants on various times and verified his ability to obtain their visas.

Furthermore, according to the prosecution, Yankey told the complainants that if they could make the payments, they may visit the United States in three weeks or three months.

Yankey allegedly sought GHC 4,000 and $11,000 in processing fees, according to the prosecution.

In all, GHC13,760 and $32,084 were reportedly received by Yankey from the following sources: GHC2,800 and $8,084 from Benjamin Tetteh Mensah; $9,500 from Daniel Teye; GHC6,840 and $4,000 from Charity Lugah; $6,800 from Stephen Egyir; and GHC4,120 from Charles Annor.

According to what the court heard, Yankey fled after receiving the numerous payments, making it impossible for the complainants to find him and ask for a refund or to get their documents back.

According to the prosecution, on November 10, 2023, the complainants learned that the accused was on the grounds of his church, which led to the accused’s apprehension.

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