Bless Agbenyenu, a 27-year-old teacher who posed as the Member of Parliament (MP) of Akan Constituency and deceived Joseph Ahianse, a resident of Kadjebi in the Oti Region, was convicted by a Magistrate Court.
Agbenyenu was fined 100 penalty units (GH¢1,200) and required to sign a bond of good behavior or face 90 days in jail.
He was charged with defrauding by false pretense by a Kadjebi Magistrate court presided over by Joseph Evans Anang Okropa after pleading guilty with explanation.
Mr Nunoo Mensah, Assistant Superintendent of Police, stated that the complainant is a teacher, and that the prisoner made an advertising on Facebook inviting interested people to apply for positions in the security services, and that he was successful in scamming Mr Ahianse.
The defendant allegedly robbed the complainant with GH¢250 while posing as the Akan MP, who has protocol allocation for potential candidates.
Agbenyenu said that his violation was “just an attempt and a first-time attempt,” and that the Court should “temper justice with mercy” toward him.
He also stated that he was married with a four-year-old kid whose future would be jeopardized if he received a penitentiary term.
Anang Okropa, the Magistrate presiding over the case, stated in his decision that the convict’s statement that “it was just an attempt” did not absolve him of guilt under the Criminal Offences Act of 1960 (Act 29).
He said the Court was kind with him since he was a first-time offender, shown contrition, and is the father of a four-year-old child.
He warned the public against engaging in online transactions in order to avoid being duped or conned.