Investigations are ongoing into a fresh criminal case relating to passport fraud against Mr. Eric Amoateng, former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament [MP] for Nkoranza North, who was released from jail in the United States of America [USA] on July 30, 2014.
Mr. Amoateng is in possession of a valid Ghanaian passport No. H 2347080, issued in Accra on February 23, 2009. It is, however, instructive to recall that Amoateng was arrested in the USA on December 11, 2005 and tried for possession of heroin, a narcotic drug.
He was subsequently convicted and jailed for ten  years, which he served and was released on July 30, 2014.
Mr. Amoateng was, therefore, in prison at the time the passport he is travelling with was issued and could therefore not have been available at the time to apply for, and be issued with, the passport.
Assuming that it was applied on his behalf, the question would arise as to how the passport form was acquired and completed, given that there is a requirement for signature and thumbprint as the case was, with regard to the old passport form.
Preliminary checks at the passport office, revealed that passport No. H 2347080 was issued to a young lady by name Barbara Inkum. Miss Inkum, however, never received her passport although the records still suggest that the passport is in her name.
Investigation is still being conducted into how Miss Inkum’s passport ended up in the hands of Mr. Eric Amoateng, and bearing Mr. Amoateng’s particulars, while retaining only Miss Inkum’s passport number.
Clearly, there is conclusive evidence that the passport in the possession of Mr. Amoateng was fraudulently acquired.
Mr. Amoateng is, therefore, assisting with investigation to unravel the mystery surroundings the acquisition of his passport while in jail.