Ex-GREDA Boss Jailed Two Years

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….Over SIM Box Fraud

Former Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of the Ghana Real Estates Developers Association (GREDA), Dr. Alex Tweneboah, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for engaging in SIM box fraud.

The court further ordered him to pay a penalty of GH¢ 24,000.

Failure to pay the fine, would mean that he has to serve additional two to four months in prison.

According to the Fast Track High Court presided over by Justice Efua Serwa Botwe, the sentences shall run concurrently.

Dr Tweneboah was arrested at his residence at Baatsona, Manet area, on January 2015, where several items, including one SIM Box with 64-slot SIM server, 4G Internet Modem, a laptop computer and a mini antenna were retrieved.

The prosecutor said, Dr Tweneboah was subsequently, traced and arrested.

The prosecutor also said, Dr. Tweneboah, claimed ownership of the equipment and admitted using them to terminate international calls illegally.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge of SIM box fraud, but delivering her judgment, Wednesday, Justice Botwe, said considering his standing in society, he should have known better than to engage in such a crime.

She said that the jail term was a lenient one, because Dr Tweneboah, had operated the sim box fraud for less than six months.

The court found Dr. Tweneboah guilty of two counts of providing electronic equipment without license and possessing illegal devices with intent to commit crime despite pleading not guilty during the trial.

He, together with five others were arrested by a joint task force which included the National Communications Authority (NCA), and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on January 15, 2015.

The task-force seized one SIM box with a 64-slot SIM server, 4G Internet modem, one laptop computer and mini antennas from a residence at Batsona, Manet area.

A SIM box fraud is a setup in which fraudsters install SIM boxes with multiple low-cost prepaid SIM cards.

The fraudster then can terminate international calls through local phone numbers in the respective country to make it appear as if the call is a local call.

A lot of revenue that would have hitherto gone to the state is lost through the criminal activity.

In May 2016, a collaboration between Subah info solutions and the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Taskforce on cyber and sim box fraud, saved the country over 77 million dollars.

This was revealed by the Director General of Police CID Commissioner Prosper Agblor when he addressed journalists on Tuesday about five recent arrests made by the task-force.

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