Jibril Yahaya, 27, was sentenced to five years in prison with hard labor for impersonating a mallam and scamming a woman of GHC9,420.00 by a Cape Coast Circuit Court.
Yahaya pleaded guilty to fraud by false pretenses and admitted it to the court, which was presided over by Mrs. Dorinda Smith Arthur.
The complainant, Mrs. Juliet Ankrah, lives in Amamoma, while the inmate lives in Mpeasem, both in Cape Coast’s suburbs.
Mrs. Ankrah overheard the inmate on a radio station suggesting he could do rituals that could quadruple the money, according to the prosecutor, Inspector Yakubu Iddrisu.
The complainant was intrigued and called Yahaya on his cell phone number provided at the station.
She informed the inmate she needed GHC250,000.00 to finish her construction project and paid him GHC9,421.00 via Mobile Money.
Yahaya failed to keep his promise after receiving the money, according to the prosecution, causing the complainant to report the incident to the Regional Criminal Investigations Department.
Yahaya was apprehended on Thursday, February 18, 2021, based on his mobile phone number, but a relative refunded GHC2,000.00 of the fine, and he was granted police investigation bail the next day.
Inspector Iddrisu claimed he fled bail and went into hiding in Takoradi before being apprehended by police intelligence on Saturday, December 25, 2021.