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GHANA: Pastor jailed two years for dealing in fake currency

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Reverend Isaac Oti Agyemang, of Conquerors Redemption Church International, sentenced to two years imprisonment for dealing in fake currencyReverend Isaac Oti Agyemang, a pastor of Conquerors Redemption Church International at Achimota, was on Wednesday sentenced to two years imprisonment for dealing in fake GHC 50 notes.

This was after a Circuit Court in Accra had found Rev. Agyemang guilty on charges of conspiracy to possessing fake currency and possessing fake currency.

Rev. Agyemang and two others were arrested at the church premises on June 28, 2010 with 2,193 pieces of the false GHc 50 notes.

Charles Tawiah, a trader, had earlier on pleaded guilty and convicted to six months imprisonment while another pastor of the Church Apostle, Richard Kwesi Dwumfour was however acquitted and discharged.

Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police, (DSP) Abraham Annor, told the court that, personnel from the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), on June 28, this year, had information that, some people were in possession of fake GHC50 notes at the church premises and were about to use it for business transactions.

DSP Annor said the BNI personnel armed with that information, trailed the suspects at ABC Junction, Accra until they alighted from a vehicle and walked into the premises of Conquerors Redemption Church International.

He said personnel from the BNI on arrival, met the accused in possession of a black laptop bag containing 2,193 pieces of fake GHc 50 notes.

DSP Annor said the accused were arrested and during interrogation, Tawiah owned up and mentioned Apostle Dwumfuor and Rev. Agyemang as persons who were to assist him sell the fake notes.

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