Fake Currency Gang Arrested With Over $5m At Airport

Fake Currency Gang Arrested With Over $5m At Airport

 

 

The National Security has busted a 13 member gang involved in the printing and distribution of fake currency notes to unsuspecting victims, mostly foreign nationals. A statement issued by the National Security Secretariat said the gang, led by one Yassei Alia, also a 45 year old Syrian resident in East Legon, and owner of Hardford Auto Service in Accra, together with Danjuma Zakaria,

 

alias Alhaji Mohammed, 49 and resident of Tema West, were rounded up in a warehouse within the premises of NacCharter Cargo and Freight Company, near the KLM offices within the Kotoka International Airport, Accra on the  Monday, April, 27 at around 1730 hours. Freshly printed $10,000 bundles of fake $100 notes concealed in two large metal trunks and a suitcase were retrieved

 

 

from the warehouse. The statement said the amount was also estimated to be over five million United States Dollars (USD). Other suspected accomplices arrested during the operation include Esther Omozeea, Emad Aldalhi, Kamal Mohammed, Abdulai Yakubu Osman and Samuel Ababio. The remaining are also John Denyo, Desmond Delali Dumenu, Alike Happiness, Prosper

 

 

Chukwu, Victor Israel, Padi Christian Holdbrook. It said in their caution statements, Yassei and Mohammed, who drove to the warehouse in the former’s car, denied knowledge of the deal. It also noted that however when questioned separately, Yassei, who also held a Syrian passport, a Republic of the Guinea-Bissau diplomatic passport, and a Nigerian national driver’s licence issued

 

 

in the Ogun State, also indicated that he had gone to the warehouse to have a discussion then with one Kojo, an alleged cargo dealer and operator of the premises, regarding a V8 engine the latter was to import on his behalf, while Alhaji Mohammed stated that he had gone to solicit for financial help from Kojo to enable him to procure a vehicle from Holland. The statement said

 

 

further, while Yassei claimed Kojo sat in a meeting with them on the said day, Alhaji Mohammed indicated that Kojo was not at the premises at the time of their visit and that while waiting for him, they were arrested. It said incidentally that two of the suspects interrogated separately corroborated Mohammed’s claim that Kojo was not seen at the premises on the said day. The

 

 

group’s modus operandi and according to intelligence, suggests that they lure unsuspecting victims with the claims that they have access to millions of US dollars in Libya,” the statement said. Victims are given genuine sums of US dollars to spend for free, as a proof of the genuineness of the deal. It noted that once convinced, victims were requested to deposit huge sums of USD

 

 

dollars as freight charges to aid the shipment of the said dollars to the victims. It said upon receipt of the amount, the suspects package fake dollars stashed in between a few hundreds of genuine notes, for onward delivery to their victims. It said shortly after the arrest, one Bandoh, Alhaji-Ahmed, alias Alhaji Bamed, owner of the Bamed Travel and Tours, who also claims to be a

 

 

Presidential Staffer at the Castle, and a client of Yassie, drove to the National Security headquarters, verbally assaulted the leader of the operation, and vowed to free the suspects. It said the aggressive conduct of Alhaji Bamed, suggested that he might be involved in the deal, particularly when investigations are ongoing. It said the officials of National Security had assured all Ghanaians

 

 

that the Government was determined to rid the country of fake currency syndicates and warned that persons involved in the illegality would all be arrested and dealt with accordingly. The National Security has therefore urged all the public to report any suspicious activities of persons to security agencies to aid their arrest and prosecution.