Homeland Security has arrested a 13-member gang involved in printing and distributing counterfeit bills to unsuspecting victims, mostly foreign nationals.
A statement issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said that the gang, led by one Yassei Alia, a 45-year-old Syrian resident of East Legon and owner of Hardford Auto Service in Accra, together with Danjuma. Zakaria, alias Alhaji Mohammed, 49, a resident of Tema West, were detained in a warehouse inside the NacCharter Cargo and Freight Company premises, near the KLM offices inside Kotoka International Airport, on Monday, April 27 around from 5.30 p.m.
Freshly printed $ 10,000 packages of counterfeit $ 100 bills were recovered from the warehouse hidden in two large metal trunks and a suitcase.
The statement said the amount was estimated at more than five million US dollars (USD).
Other alleged accomplices arrested during the operation include Esther Omozeea, Emad Aldalhi, Kamal Mohammed, Abdulai Yakubu Osman and Samuel Ababio.
The remainder are John Denyo, Desmond Delali Dumenu, Alike Happiness, Prosper Chukwu, Victor Israel, Padi Christian Holdbrook.
In his cautionary statements, he said that Yassei and Mohammed, who drove to the warehouse in the former’s car, denied knowledge of the deal.
However, he noted that when asked separately, Yassei, who had a Syrian passport, a diplomatic passport from the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, and a Nigerian national driver’s license issued in Ogun State, indicated that he had gone to the warehouse. to speak with a Kojo, a suspected freight dealer and facility operator, regarding a V8 engine that the latter was going to import on his behalf, while Alhaji Mohammed stated that he had gone to request financial assistance from Kojo so that he could purchase a vehicle from the Netherlands.
The statement further said, while Yassei claimed that Kojo sat in a meeting with them that day, Alhaji Mohammed indicated that Kojo was not on the premises at the time of their visit and that while they were waiting for him, they were arrested.
Incidentally, he said that two of the suspects questioned separately corroborated Mohammed’s claim that Kojo was not seen at the facility that day. “The group’s modus operandi, according to intelligence, suggests that they lure unsuspecting victims with claims that they have access to millions of US dollars in Libya,” the statement said.
“Victims receive genuine sums of US dollars to spend free of charge, as proof of the authenticity of the settlement.”
He noted that once convinced, the victims were asked to deposit huge sums of US dollars as freight to assist in shipping those dollars to the victims.
He said that upon receiving the amount, the suspects packaged fake dollars hidden among a few hundred genuine bills, to deliver them to their victims.
He said that shortly after the arrest, a Bandoh, Alhaji-Ahmed, aka Alhaji Bamed, owner of Bamed Travel and Tours, who claims to be a presidential employee at the castle and a client of Yassie, verbally drove to the National Security headquarters. he attacked the leader of the operation and promised to release the suspects.
He said Alhaji Bamed’s aggressive conduct suggested he could be involved in the deal, particularly when investigations are ongoing.
He said that National Security officials had assured Ghanaians that the government was determined to rid the country of counterfeit currency syndicates and warned that those involved in the illegality would be arrested and treated accordingly.
Therefore, Homeland Security has urged the public to report people’s suspicious activities to law enforcement agencies to aid in their arrest and prosecution.
Meanwhile, investigations continue.