The Airport District police have apprehended three men for allegedly defrauding victims under the pretext of selling them a car. The suspects are Joe Asiedu aka Kotoro, 42; Isaac Amu Frimpong aka Prince, 38 and Charles Djandor, 37.
Their modus operandi is posting the picture of the supposed vehicle on tonaton.com website with their telephone numbers. The price of the vehicle is often very low thus, enticing prospective buyers to contact them for inspection of the car.
Three victims individually told the police that they contacted the numbers and suspect Kotoro, who responded, asked that they meet at Opeibea to inspect the vehicle. After the inspection was over and the bargaining done, Kotoro in the company of Prince, allegedly told them that the real owner was on admission at the 37 Military Hospital and so they should go there to make the payment.
Suspect Djandor, the supposed owner on admission, met the victims at the hospital yard and collected the money. He purportedly gave the victims fake vehicle documents and then ordered Kotoro and Prince to release the vehicle to them. Kotoro then handed over a fake car key to the victims and also asked Prince to lead them to where the car was parked.
On the way, Prince reportedly vanished into thin air and by the time the victims got to where the vehicle was believed to have been parked, he was nowhere to be found. The three victims, who reported the case to the Airport police, said they made their payments to the suspects individually at the 37 Military Hospital yard.
They paid various amounts of money – GHC32,000; GHC22,000 and GHC26,000 – to the suspects. The vehicle being referred to is an unregistered Toyota Corolla. Briefing DAILY GUIDE on how the suspects were arrested, Superintendent Yao Tetega, District Police Commander, said the police first arrested Charles Djandor on April 6, 2016 when he attempted to use the same modus to defraud another victim.
Upon seeing the police, Charles sped off with the vehicle and got involved in an accident, the police officer disclosed. He was then arrested and brought to the Airport Police Station for questioning. The other two, being accomplices of Djandor, were later apprehended at their various hideouts at Pokuase on April 20, 2016 for interrogation. He said the victims identified the suspects as those who had defrauded them. Superintendent Yao Tetega said more people might have fallen victim to the nefarious activities of the gangsters and charged individuals to report such dubious deals to the police for action.