Inmates not into Mobile Money fraud-Prisons Service

    /    Jul 20, 2017   /     Ashanti, NewsBreak  /    Comments are closed  /    185 Views
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The Ghana Prisons Service (GPS) has denied allegations that some inmates at prisons across the country are engaging in mobile money fraud.

Though the service has admitted it is battling with the smuggling of mobile phones into their premises, it has intensified its supervision to curb such illicit practices.

An Ex-convict, while contributing to a discussion on Daybreak Kapital on the increasing activities of fraudsters who dupe unsuspecting subscribers using the mobile money platform, alleged that some inmates are the perpetrators of such crimes.

According to him, inmates from telecom companies who have been convicted for certain crimes are aiding their other inmates to engage in the act.

He called on Government to direct the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to investigate the claims in all the prisons across the country.

However responding to the claims, Ashanti Regional Public Relations Officers of the Ghana Prisons Service, ASP Richard Bukari said the fraud allegations leveled against the inmates are untrue.

“It is unfortunate that the callers are putting the blame at the door step of inmates in prisons. The truth of the matter is that a prisoner by law is not supposed to handle a phone. And per the training of prison officers to a large extent there are no phones in the prisons. As to say the number considering the number of fraud and scams that are in the system. Our system will not have that huge number of phones to do that because, yes the prisons and the prison officers are not angels and I admit that there are instances where we found phones smuggled into the yard by some recalcitrant inmates. However, per the structures there, there is no way a prison can have the luxury of having time on the phone and not being caught by an officer doing that. So I say categorically that it is not emanating from the prisons since we don’t allow them to use phones in whichever way. But should it even happen, they will not be involved in that because every conversation at any point in time is being monitored by an officer.”

He said the Ex-convicts must also be blamed for aiding inmates to harbor mobile phones in prisons.

Source: Hafiz Tijani/

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