A Koforidua Circuit Court has sentenced a 45-year-old unemployed man to five years imprisonment in hard labour for defrauding over 40 people.

The convict, Edmond Nii Ansah, popularly known as Abi Nii was convicted for 4 counts of defrauding by false pretences.

He was found guilty and sentenced to 5 years on each count.

The Prosecutor, Helen Samlafo told the court presided over by Justice Mercy Adei Kotei that the complaints are mainly university graduates and some government workers.

She said the convict duped his victims after promising to secure them public sector jobs.

The State Attorney revealed that Abi Nii collected money from graduates under the guise of facilitating their recruitment into the Police Service, the Ghana Armed Forces, and other State institutions.

He is said to be a polling station Executive Member of the New Patriotic Party in the New Juaben South constituency.

Initially, he was charged with 11 counts but was acquitted and discharged on 7 counts because the prosecution could not get complainants to testify.

The Judge in her ruling said the sentence is to run concurrently.