Police Officer, Seven Others Arrested Over $523K Gold Scam

Eight people, two of whom are Turkish nationals and one of whom is a police officer, have been taken into custody and charged with crimes pertaining to a $523,000 gold swindle.

Along with two unidentified Turkish nationals, the suspects include Staff Sergeant Isaac Akwasi Aning, Samuel Adu Kumi, Benjamin Kakpo Addoquaye, Isaac Offei, Benjamin Kologo, and Isaac Tieku.

The defendants were reportedly apprehended last week and charged with conspiracy, defrauding by false pretense, and money laundering. They entered not guilty pleas at their arraignment in court.

Ms. Selasi Kuwornu, the prosecutor, said the court that on November 24, 2023, National Security received information about someone who was attempting to defraud two foreigners who were trading in gold. On November 28, 2023, officials seized suspected counterfeit gold bars after intercepting and apprehending a few of the accused.

Police Officer, Seven Others Arrested Over $523K Gold Scam

The Prosecutor claims that investigations uncovered a scheme to sell phony gold to Turkish citizens, in which the accused participated in a number of ways, including supplying security guards to simulate arrests and producing phony gold test results.

The prosecution detailed the transfer of $523,000 into the account of Benkotec Refinery for the purchase and shipment of the phony gold bars. The defendants were charged based on their purported roles in the scam.

The prosecutor went on to say that Benjamin Kakpo Addoquaye and Isaac Offei refuted accusations of influencing public officials, and Samuel Adu Kumi disputed a different charge of selling gold without a permit.

Charges of purchasing gold without a license were also brought against the victims, Omer Topcu and Mustafa Ceyhan, for purchasing counterfeit gold.

The Ghanaian defendants were needed to present two sureties with one rationale that each had landed property in order for each accused to be granted bail of GHC 500,000.

There was no such obligation for the sureties for the two foreign victims.

According to the prosecution, the accused were required to turn in their passports at the court registry and return to the arresting unit on Mondays at the start of every month as part of their bail requirements.

The prosecutor, Ms. Selasi Kuwornu, also mentioned submitting all witness testimonies and disclosures in accordance with earlier court orders.

The case was postponed to May 14 in order to attend the Case Management Conference.

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