The Ghana News Agency (GNA) is reporting that men of the National Security have busted a-13-member syndicate involved in the printing and distribution of fake currency notes into the system.
A statement issued by the National Security Secretariat, said the gang, led by a Syrian national named Yassei Alia (45) who lives in East Legon, and owner of Hardford Auto Service in Accra, was rounded up in a warehouse within the premises of NacCharter Cargo and Freight Company, near KLM offices within the Kotoka International Airport, on Monday, April, 27 at around 5:30 pm.
When they were busted, the security agencies found on him and his gang, freshly minted fake $5 million concealed in two large metal trunks and a suitcase were retrieved from the warehouse.
The gang leader of the syndicate was with Danjuma Zakaria alias Alhaji Mohammed, a 49-year-old resident of Tema West and other accomplices including Esther Omozeea, Emad Aldalhi, Kamal Mohammed, Abdulai Yakubu Osman and Samuel Ababio.
The remaining are John Denyo, Desmond Delali Dumenu, Alike Happiness, Prosper Chukwu, Victor Israel, Padi Christian Holdbrook.
In their caution statements, the National Security said Yassei and Mohammed, who drove to the warehouse in the former’s car, denied knowledge of the deal.
It noted that, however, when questioned separately, Yassei, who held a Syrian passport, a Republic of Guinea-Bissau diplomatic passport, and a Nigerian national driver’s licence issued in Ogun State, indicated that he had gone to the warehouse to have a discussion 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 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 are given genuine sums of US dollars to spend for free, as a proof of the genuineness of the deal.”
The National Security statement 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.
Upon receipt of the amount, the suspects package the fake dollars stashed in between a few hundreds of genuine notes, for onward delivery to their victims.
Further investigations are currently ongoing.