A 43-year-old fetish priest has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by a Koforidua Circuit Court for defrauding people with counterfeit currency.

Richard Vormowor alias Nana Buame will serve his jail term in hard labour after he was convicted on his own plea.

He was on the police’s wanted list for various cases of money doubling pretence.

In court, the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Solomon Keelson, said in recent times the Koforidua District Police Command has been receiving several complaints of money doubling fraud.

According to him, on April 5 at about 1300 hours, the police conducted a search of the Hyundai minibus at the Nkurakan police checkpoint.

The convict, according to the prosecution, was onboard the vehicle which was searched thoroughly.

During the operation, the officers retrieved seven bundles of ¢20 notes and two bundles of ¢10 notes suspected to be counterfeit currency belonging to the convict.

Richard was immediately arrested and sent to the Koforidua Central Police Station.

During the interrogation, he admitted that the monies were fake, explaining the bundles were made up of white papers he cut into sizes of the money notes embossed with the currency to look like original notes.

He was on his way to defraud unsuspecting persons in Koforidua with his fraudulent acts of money doubling.

He was arraigned in court where he pleaded guilty to a charge of preparation to commit a crime; to wit, defrauding by false pretences.

The judge ordered the fake money notes to be burnt at the court premises.

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