A 66-year-old self acclaimed diamond dealer, Kwadwo Asare, has been arrested together with his 51-year-old friend, Stephen Amoasi, for attempting to defraud one Kwabena Adjei.
Adjei, who is a resident of Tema, has been friends with Asare for the past three years. According to the Director of Vetting and Crime Analysis (VCA), Chief Superintendent Denis Abade, somewhere in August 2010, Adjei was contacted on phone by Asare, who told him that he (Asare) has been awarded a contract to print books for some schools.
Asare further suggested that he would want Adjei to partner him in executing the said contract and the two agreed to meet on a latter date for further discussion.
During the said meeting, Asare allegedly requested for a sum of GH¢1750 as cost of the papers needed for the printing work.
After Asare took the said amount from Adjei, he handed him (Adjei) a parcel supposedly containing some of the papers for the job. However, at their next meeting, Asare told Adjei that the papers in the parcel were meant for printing fake money and not books, as earlier agreed on.
Asare further requested GH¢2500 for the purchase of some chemicals for the printing of the currency. Adjei, who suspected that Asare is a fraud, feigned interest in the printing of the fake currency notes and later lodged a complaint with the CID headquarters. The police arrested Asare and his friend Amoasi, who had accompanied him to Accra when they met with Adjei for the GH¢2500.
Meanwhile, Asare, in his caution statement, insisted that Adjei gave him only GH¢50 for transportation and not GH¢1750 as indicated by the complainant. The two, according to the police boss, would be arraigned after investigations are completed.