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Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

ECONOMIC AND ORGANISED CRIME OFFICE- EOCO

The attention of the authority at the EOCO has been drawn to the banner headline of the 23rd January 2018 Edition of the Daily Guide Newspaper that “EOCO Clears EC Top Officers”.

We wish to emphatically and categorically state that no such clearance has been issued by this Office to any of the Officers of the Electoral Commission.

Secondly, the attribution that “EC Chairperson is said to be manipulating EOCO” is blatant falsehood and needs to be condemned. The general public is invited to disregard the said publication.

EOCO will issue a statement on this matter.

 

SGD

ACP K.K. AMOAH (RTD)

  1. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

DATED – 23RD JANUARY, 2018.

 

 

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ECONOMIC AND ORGANISED CRIME OFFICE – EOCO (GHANA)/ NATIONAL CRIME AGENCY – NCA (UK) ECONOMIC AND ORGANISED CRIME OFFICE – EOCO (GHANA)/ NATIONAL CRIME AGENCY – NCA (UK) JOINT SIMULTANEOUS OPERATION
  1. A special operation code-named “OPERATION GRATEFUL”, is a collaborative investigation between Ghanaian Security Agencies (namely EOCO, BNI, NACOB, POLICE) and UK’s NCA into large scale romance scam/fraud and the resultant Trade Based Money Laundering (TBML) with the exploitation of victims’ details carried out both in and outside Ghana.

 

  1. Following an investigation into Trade Based Money Laundering (TBML) in UK and GHANA, the National Crime Agency (NCA) in UK commenced an investigation into the Money Laundering and Romance Fraud.

 

  1. So far, the investigations has uncovered that over sixteen (16) persons have fallen victim to this fraud from which Five Million Pounds Sterling (£5 Million) has been identified as stolen from victims in the UK. This amount has been transferred from UK and found their way through certain accounts in some banks in Ghana. Currently those monies have been withdrawn from the accounts.

 

  1. Romance Scam is a particular dangerous and vicious form of mass market fraud because it targets not only the victim assets, but also abuses them emotionally. It leaves the victim embarrassed, traumatised and financially ruined for life.

 

  1. Trade Based Money Laundering is exploiting legitimate businesses to launder proceeds of crime. Within this investigation the use of second-hand clothing/textile business has been applied to launder the proceeds of the identified romance fraud.

 

  1. The Ghanaian security agencies were alerted by our counterparts in the UK and we in Ghana also commenced investigations into this fraud about a year ago.

 

  1. As I speak today, a joint simultaneous operation to arrest and search premises here and in the UK have been undertaken. A certain OPOKU AGYEMANG has been arrested in the UK. This investigation led by EOCO together with officers from NACOB, BNI, POLICE and UK Law Enforcement officers has resulted in the arrest of two (2) suspects in Accra believed to be involved in high end money laundering. The suspects are:

 

  • MORO MUSAH
  • SABINA ADZRE

 

  1. This is complex organised financial crime and investigations is ongoing.

 

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GLACY+: International workshop on criminal justice statistics on cybercrime and electronic evidence

Statistics on cybercrime and electronic evidence are essential to quantify the level of threats posed by the different forms of cybercrimes and cyber-enabled crimes, to support more efficient investigations and prosecutions and to better inform strategic decisions of policy-makers and regulators. In addition, analysis of figures and trends allow criminal justice authorities to have a better understanding of their own capacities and performance to deal with cybercrime and electronic evidence.

A three-day International Workshop on Criminal Justice Statistics on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence has brought together in Accra, Ghana around 50 law enforcement and justice professionals involved in collecting, collating and interpreting statistics for offences of cybercrime from all across GLACY+ countries.

The GLACY+ workshop, organised in collaboration with the National Communications Authority (NCA), is expected to stimulate a collective discussion on criminal justice capacities in the participating countries as compared to international best practices, with a specific focus on reporting systems and collection of reliable statistics.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Hon. Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, noted that cybercrime poses challenges to the technological development of Ghana and called for concerted efforts of all users of the cyberspace.

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For more information and resources, please consult the event page below.

 

Source : www.coe.int/cybercrime

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GLACY+: Ghana advances its national cybersecurity strategy

The second advisory mission on Cybercrime and cybersecurity policies took place on the 19-20 January 2017 in Ghana, one of the new priority countries of the GLACY+ project. The mission led by Council of Europe staff and experts was hosted at the National Communications Authority (NCA) in Accra and gathered representatives from other relevant national institutions, such as the National Security Council Secretariat, Ministry of Justice, The Directorate of Public Prosecutions, The Bureau of National Investigations, Cybercrime Police Unit, as well as private sector. The European Union Delegation in Ghana also participated in the mission.

The outcome of the mission focused on the analysis of the recently approved national cybersecurity strategy while incorporating additional advice and possible ways forward for making the strategy fully compliant with international standards substantiated in the dispositions of the Budapest Convention.

During a courtesy call on the Minister for National Security of Ghana, Hon. Albert Kan-Dapaah indicated two main priorities for his mandate: the fight against terrorism and cybercrime.

Source : www.coe.int/cybercrime

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EOCO arrests 12 over GYEEDA rot

The Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) has confirmed picking up some individuals indicted in the GYEEDA rot.

EOCO Director, Mortey Akpadzi, told XYZ News on Wednesday that the suspects have all been granted bail as investigations continue.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service is also conducting its own investigations into the matter.

President John Mahama said on Tuesday that “dockets” will be prepared on those found to have engaged in any malfeasance and “given to the Attorney General in order that they will be prosecuted.”

The suspects were indicted in an investigative report submitted to the President by a ministerial committee tasked by Youth and Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, to probe alleged fraud at the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency following reports of corrupt contracts awarded some private companies.

Though Mr. Akpadzi told XYZ News he was immediately unable to tell the number of people arrested by EOCO so far, he had earlier told Accra-based Radio Gold that about 12 people had been granted bail in connection with the investigations.

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