419 Fraudsters In Dock For Chopping German’s €248,000

Two persons have been arrested by the police for defrauding a German national to tune of €248,157.91 under the pretence of supplying him with gold. The suspects – Mark Adijum Latif, alias Mark Adjei, 56; and Taofik Oluwashola Ajisafe, alias Benjamin K Osei, 43, both Nigerians – were arrested for conspiracy to commit crime and defrauding by false pretences. Briefing the press last Sunday in Accra, the Accra Regional Police Commander said between August 2011 and 2012, Mark, Taofik and three others at large lured the complainant, Waltraus Wiescent, a German, to Ghana for a gold business deal. The suspects told the complainant that one Chris Walter, a gold dealer, has been arrested by the police for dealing in gold without permit and that €357,000 was needed for his release and for a permit from the Minerals Commission of Ghana. Mark and Taofik showed the complainant two boxes supposed to contain gold valued at $120 million and a cash of $125 million. The suspects, according to the police, gave Ecobank account number of 0011034438080003 belonging to Universal Perfectwoods Company Ltd and Guarantee Trust Bank account number 202110823430 belonging to Patrick Osei Aboagye to the complainant to pay €248,157.91 and £ 350,000 into the accounts. The suspects then told the complainant that if the said amount was paid into their account for the release of Chris and also for the permit, they would transfer the two boxes of gold and dollars to her in Germany. The complainant, according to the police, paid the amounts demanded into the suspects’ accounts but the suspects failed to transfer the gold and dollars as promised but rather demanded for extra money. He said on Friday, July 5 at about 2.30pm the suspects were arrested at Airport when they were about to receive an undisclosed amount from the complainant.