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Foreign national arrested for fraud


Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, May 13 :

Commissionerate Police today arrested a national of the Republic of Ghana,  for duping an Odisha-based businessman Laxmi Budek of Rs 40 lakh by promising him good returns on his investment.

The 33-year-old Ghanaian, Anna Andrew Essin, who had been impersonating as an official of a well-known Ghana-based company, was booked under sections 406, 419, 420, 468, 471, 34 of IPC and IT Act.fraud

The accused was forwarded to a local court today, Infocity police said.

According to Inspector-in-charge of Infocity police station Bijayini Singh, a city-based businessman Budek of Kanan Vihar area, under the Infocity police limits in the city,  had received a mail from Essin about a business deal in December last year. The sender of the mail had offered an opportunity to Budek to work for them in India. The mail had also promised the businessman all  help to set up and run a company in Ghana.

The victim , hooked by the lucrative offer, deposited Rs 1.5 lakh in two instalments in the first phase. After a few days of striking the deal, Essin had visited Bhubaneswar to collect Rs 25 lakh from the businessman. Budek had given Rs 15 lakh more to Essin over the next three months, in instalments,  to finalise the elusive international business deal.

Budek grew suspicious when the ‘deal’ did not take shape within the promised timeline, and realised he had been taken for a ride by the foreign national.

He lodged a complaint with the Infocity police station and gave all details about the Ghanaian, Essin.

The police then worked out a plan to trap Essin and had him invited by Budek to the city for the final deal today.

The Ghanaian was apprehended as soon as he landed the city, IIC Ms Singh said.


  1. The city police seems to have improved its performance significants in last few years. The Ghana national was forwarded to court on the same day of arrest, things like that were unheard of a few years back. In those days police used to blackmail arrested persons and if any deal got struck they used to be let off the arrested person and in case of no deal they used to be forwarded to court several days after arrest, but mentioning in records that the person was arrested less than 24 hours back.

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