A 22-year old jobless man, Derrick Buckman faces two years jail sentence with hard labour by the Cape Coast Circuit Court for stealing GHc 1,840.00 through mobile money.
He conceded to the charge of stealing and was indicted on his own request.
Chief Inspector John Asare Bediako told the court directed by Mrs Dorinda Arthur Smith that, the complainant Ms Deborah Boakoh is a pastry specialist and an inhabitant of Kokorbra, a suburb of Kumasi while the convict is an occupant of Abura, a suburb of Assin Bereku.
He said on last Thursday, the complainant reported a case of stealing to the police, and that she had gotten a call from an alleged MTN mobile money merchant who demonstrated to her that he had mistakenly moved a sum of GHc170.00 into her portable cash account.
The Prosecution said the complainant at that point checked her mobile money account balance and found that, it was not valid, however later the blamed sent her a message implying to be originating from the MTN office showing that her mobile money account is been blocked.
As per Prosecution the complainant called to face the convict concerning why her account had been blocked and after a warmed contention, Buckman requested that she hang on while he consult an MTN official to unblock her account.
He said the convict at that point acted like an MTN official and requested that the complainant follow a few strategies to unblock her record after which she later found out that a sum of GHc 1,840.00 had been moved from her account to a Vodafone number.
Chief Inspector Bediako said the complainant revealed the issue to his dad, one Nana Adu II, who then reported the case to a Vodafone Office in Tarkwa which at that point blocked the convict’s Vodafone number.
Mr Bediako said Vodafone then circled messages for the capture of the client of the number in their different offices and the convict was then captured when he visited one the offices to unblock his sim.