The Western Regional Police Command has arrested a 38-year-old woman, Hajia Ramatu Rasheed for fraud, the GNA has reported.
The suspect is alleged to have since 2010, swindled companies and individuals in many towns and cities across the country to the tune of over two million Ghana Cedis.
She is said to have especially targetted those who operate supermarkets or deal in assorted goods.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Isaac Alex Quainoo (DCOP), the Western Regional Police Commander, said the suspect’s used different names and appearances in executing her alleged operation .
“The suspect sometimes dresses like a Muslim or a Christian and uses names like Ramatu and Elizabeth and then purchases the consumable goods in large quantity on credit from the unsuspecting victims with the promise to pay within a period and then goes into hiding without paying”
He said Hajia Rasheed is said to have swindled many companies in Accra in 2014 to the tune of two million Ghana Cedis and was even published in the dailies.
DCOP Quainoo said Hajia Rasheed was said to have collected supplies of rice, sugar, milo, milk, tin tomatoes, cooking oil and other items worth GH₵ 386,900.00 from one Josephine Annan in Takoradi in 2010.
He said the suspect then issued a cheque to the supplier to be cashed on December 12, 2011, but the cheque did not go through and she went into hiding and managed to avoid arrest despite several publications in the dailies.
He said luck, however, eluded the suspect when she was brought before a court in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region for allegedly swindling another person in Techiman.
According to the Regional Police Commander, the suspect was later brought to the region, put before the courts and was remanded in police custody to reappear on March 23, 2016.
“I am therefore urging the general public who might have fallen victim to the activities of Hajia Rasheed to contact the Regional Command”, DCOP Quainoo said.