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Blogger remanded in custody for forgery and falsification of official papers

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An Accra Circuit Court has remanded into custody a 29-year-old blogger accused of cheating a trader of €21,000 under the guise of obtaining her two Italian passports and Resident Identity Cards.

Jacklin Sarfo Gyamfua, also known as Ohemaa Jackie, is accused of defrauding through false pretenses and falsification of official documents.

Gyamfua has disputed the allegations.

Her solicitor, Mr Peter Sarfo, filed a bail application before the court, which was denied.

The prosecution, led by Detective Inspector Frederick Sarpong, had strenuously resisted bail on the grounds that the case was still being investigated.

Mrs Evelyn Asamoah presided over the Court, which upheld the Prosecution’s request and denied bail.The hearing has been rescheduled until September 16.Detective Inspector Sarpong presented the evidence, stating that the complainant, Barbara Adu Boahen, lived in Accra, while Gyamfua was a dual resident of London and Accra.According to the prosecution, the complainant and a witness in the case witnessed the accused posting advertisements on social media platforms pretending to secure travel papers and resident ID cards for every country in the European Union during the month of February this year (EU).According to the Prosecutor, the complainant, who was interested in traveling to Italy, called the accused on her phone.

Gyamfua promised to obtain two Italian passports and two Resident ID cards for the complainant and her daughter for a cost of €24,000.

According to the prosecution, Gyamfua then gave the complainant her Access Bank account under the name Afua Serwa Dwamena and a UMB account under the name Lord Mens Enterprise, and asked the complainant to deposit €24,000 into the aforementioned accounts.

According to the Prosecutor, the complainant paid €21,000 into the accused’s accounts.

Gyamfua later gave the complainant and her daughter with two counterfeit Italian passports and two Resident ID cards, according to the Detective Inspector.

According to the prosecution, the complainant presented the passports at the Kotoka International Airport on March 30, this year, but they were arrested for presenting fake passports.

According to the prosecution, a report was filed to the Police at the National Signal Bureau/National Security.

Gyamfua was detained on September 8, this year, and two counterfeit Italian passports and two Resident ID Cards were discovered during a search of her home.

According to the prosecution, the accused and her husband gave a severe verbal warning to the complainant and a key witness to keep out of the case or fear being dealt with.

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