A 24-year old mobile money fraudster, Justine Frimpong will spend the next 40 years in jail after a Techiman Circuit Court presided over by His Lordship Alexander Greyham last Wednesday found him guilty of defrauding by false pretenses and impersonation.
According to the facts of the case as presented to the court by Prosecutor Sergeant Emmanuel Kudalor, Justine Frimpong presents himself as a radio presenter to mobile money vendors without a specific station he works with which he uses as his modus operandi in defrauding unsuspecting vendors.
According to him, he goes to the victims ‘dressed to kill’ and asks them to give him their registered mobile money numbers so that he could ask someone to effect transfers on those number in order to withdraw in solving an urgent need
Continuing his evidence, the prosecutor revealed that the convict who had managed to use a girlfriend’s National Health Insurance card to register a mobile number which he conspires with another said to be on the run to send an ordinary text to the vendor as though he had received mobile money alert and hurriedly, in turn, withdraw the stated amount.
After managing to withdraw the amount, he flees the area and his whereabouts unknown until he was arrested in a similar act within the Techiman Municipality while trying to engage in a similar crime.
He admitted to committing the crime and pleaded guilty as charged before the court admitting that out of the nine persons who accused him of defrauding them he was only aware of four.
The trial judge sentenced him to 40 years imprisonment with the view that it will serve as a deterrent to others.