Raphael Kle, a 32-year-old online fraudster, was arrested for scamming dozens of individuals through popular e-commerce platforms Tonaton and Jiji.
According to police reports, the suspect advertises on the platforms under the pretence of providing excellent housing for his victims, but instead defrauds them.
Kle was remanded in police custody and ordered to appear in court on February 18, 2022, by the Ofaakor Circuit Court, presided over by His Lordship Ebenezer Osei Darko.
According to the police, the suspect has been charged with over 30 counts of fraud.
The suspect lives in a house built by his late father, one George Kle, who was allegedly shot dead in 2011 after being involved in a car-snatching syndicate operation in Labone, Osu, and surrounding communities, according to the District Police Commander for Kasoa Central, Chief Superintendent Timothy Dasaa.
He goes into hiding after receiving payments from his clients, making it difficult for them to contact him, and many attempts to contact him at his home in American Junction prove useless since he has fortified his home with wild dogs and CCTV cameras, scaring away his victims.
“For months, he has been on our wanted list. He’ll send you to the house, bargain with you, and make sure you pay. Because he has fortified the entire house with wild dogs and has cameras all throughout, it will be impossible for you to contact him again soon after completing the cash. We now have roughly 30 instances [against him], so my recommendation is that anyone who has been cheated by Raphael Kle come forward and file an official complaint, and we’ll take it from there,” he said.
He also advised people to exercise caution when making purchases through online e-commerce platforms.