Charles Oppong-Kyekyeku, a businessman with a shady past who swindled his way into Ghana’s political class to land the contract for the purchase and supply of Akufo-270 Addo’s ambulances, has been exposed as a convicted fraudster.
Judge Georges Khayat QC, who presided over the fraud case, described Charles Oppong-Kyekyeku as a “thoroughly dishonest person” who was unfit to hold any incorporated title or company directorship for the next eight years.
The businessman who heads the UK Star Construction and Trading Group Luxury World Auto Group Limited, which is linked to the 270 Akufo-Addo ambulances, was found guilty in the United Kingdom of presenting false invoices totaling more than Ghc2 million [£245,000] in the United Kingdom, where he was sentenced to three years in prison.
He returned to Ghana after evading bail, only to be forced to return three years later to serve his full sentence, which expired on June 15, 2016.
While many gave him the benefit of the doubt as an ex-convict, Charles Oppong Kyekyeku appeared to have matured after his incarceration.
This time, he forged documents worth USD$189,000, purporting to be from Al-Amani Spare Parts LLC, a reputable international spare parts company based in the United Arab Emirates.
Oppong Kyekyeku is accused of forging Al Amani’s official letterhead, logo, and other information, which MyNewsGh.com has obtained.
Analysts have questioned why the government of Ghana, through the former Special Development Initiatives Ministry, failed to conduct basic due diligence on the ambulance procurement partners.
As a result, it came as no surprise when one of the ambulances with a standing service agreement was spotted carting cement in an Accra suburb. Mr. Oppong Kyekyekus’ company has since accepted full responsibility.
According to information obtained by MyNewsGh.com, the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has been investigating the said Charles Oppong Kyekyeku for questionable dealings since his release from prison. More information is yet to be released.