A naïve Australian investor, Mr Peter Klening, has been duped of AU$2 million (about US$1.6 million) by a12-man international syndicate of Ghanaians and Nigerians.
He had remitted the funds through Western Union and bank transfers allegedly for investment in PS & E Global Limited, a real estate and haulage company.
Six of the fraudsters have been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service while the remaining six suspects are on the run.
Arrested Henry Biney, 43, a staff of Societe Generate (SG Bank ) Ghana; Pascal Mensah, 34, a graphic designer; Joseph Iyamu, a Nigerian trader dealing in building materials; Samuel Asiedu, 40, a cleaner at SG Bank; Prince Ebo Biney, 25, National Service Person; and Stephanie Akile, 29, a businesswoman.
According to Superintendent Felix Mawusi, head of the Fraud Unit of the CID, those at large are are Ese Gift Ufuoma, a Nigerian; Michous Philippe Mark; Ji Nartey; one Dr Dolph and Solomon Mensah.
Superintendent Mawusi said Klening had reported the matter to the Fraud Unit of the Australian police, who forwarded the complaint to Ghana’s Financial Intelligent Unit which then informed the CID.
The CID Fraud Unit boss disclosed that through investigations, the six suspects were apprehended, detained and granted bail between December 17, 2014 and January this year.
Superintendent Mawusi explained that the complainants said they sent the money to the fraudsters through Western Union and bank transfers for investments and that the suspects would soon be charged to court.
He said the CID was reluctant to publish the arrests made so far since it involved a syndicate, and not all suspects have been arrested.