A serving officer of the Ghana Police Service and three other civilian accomplices are in the grips of the Accra Regional Police Command for alleged gold fraud.
The suspects, identified as Constable Bernard Nubin, the police officer, Kwabena Ofori, Joshua Boateng and one other suspect, only known as Kueey, a small-scale miner believed to be a native of Akwatia in the Eastern region, are being detained for allegedly selling fake gold to an American at Dzorwulu in Accra.
Sources disclosed that Constable Bernard Nubin is an officer of Police administration stationed at Israel Police Station under the Achimota Mile Seven District Police Command of the Greater Accra Region.
The police officer, together with his accomplices, also allegedly received a partial payment of about $20,000 from their victim.
The Public Relations Officer at the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police Mrs Effia Tenge, confirmed the arrest of the four suspects.
She said Kueey was said to have scheduled and met the American at the Palace Chinese Restaurant, Dzorwulu, for a gold sale transaction.
DSP Tenge narrated further that when the two met and were discussing the deal, Nubin and his accomplices arrived at the restaurant and approached the American with a kilo of yellowish meta, which he claimed was gold.
“The American made part payment of $20,000 and subsequently sent pictures of the metal suspected to be gold to a gold dealer who indicated that it was fake,” she recounted.
According to her, the suspects, on seeing that the American had detected that the gold was fake, took to their heels and boarded a waiting Toyota Corolla saloon car with registration number GW 3441 – 15 that was parked in front of the restaurant and sped off with the money.
The American called out for help and a good Samaritan driving a Pontiac Vibe saloon car assisted the American to chase the suspects.
With the help of the Good Samaritan, Constable Nubin and his accomplices were arrested, except one who managed to escape.
Upon their arrest, a small bag containing two suspected fake gold bars were retrieved from the Toyota Corolla saloon car. They were handed over to the police upon arrest, while the Toyota Corolla saloon car was impounded.