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How ‘fake’ CID duped over 200 residents of Berekum

Some 200 residents of Berekum East in the Bono Region are currently on a manhunt for a woman identified as Elizabeth Akwah, 43, who is alleged to have posed as a Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officer with the Ghana Police Service.

According to a news report by Rainbow Radio, Elizabeth Akwah arrived in Berekum East and made an announcement via the local information center, claiming she was a CID official from the headquarters assigned to investigate a recent crime in the area.

The crime in question involved a man accused of murdering his two-year-old son.

Kwame, the regional correspondent for Rainbow Radio, reported on June 1, that Elizabeth further announced that her mother operated a savings and loans company, offering to assist residents in need of financial support.

She gathered about 200 residents who were interested in securing loans and registered them for the disbursement of the loans.

“When she came to Berekum, she went to the information center to announce that she is the CID officer who had come there to investigate the crime involving Bismark, who is alleged to have killed his two-year-old son.

“She also said her mother gives loans, so aside from the CID work, she also helps those in need of loans. She gave investors a receipt and told them of a 10% payment before the disbursement of the loan and promised them the money would be disbursed within a day,” Kwame explained.

After collecting the money, Elizabeth reportedly had a confrontation with some of the residents she had employed to help with the registration process.

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Following the disagreement, she left with the money, and all attempts to reach her since have been unsuccessful.

“One of the workers she had employed suggested she left the money behind so they could continue with the registration the next day. She got angry and left. The residents went to her hotel room and found multiple receipts and documents that she had used to dupe people,” Kwame added.

The residents, now realizing they had been scammed, are determined to locate Elizabeth Akwah and recover their money.


Source: Ghanaweb

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