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Just In: FBI Joins OSP in Investigation of Cecilia Dapaah’s Assets and Finances in the United States

Just In: FBI Joins OSP in Investigation of Cecilia Dapaah's Assets and Finances in the United States

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) have united in a synchronized effort to probe the affairs of former Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah.

Their collaborative investigation focuses on the assets and financial transactions linked to Ms. Dapaah within the United States.

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This cooperative endeavor was disclosed in a statement by the Special Prosecutor, affirming that they, along with the FBI, have initiated simultaneous inquiries into the activities of Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources.

The objective of this joint effort is to scrutinize the legality of the wealth accumulated by Ms. Dapaah and her associates, spanning both Ghana and the United States.

The statement further articulates that these investigations primarily center on the examination of their assets and financial dealings within the United States of America.

Previously, the OSP had charged the embattled former Minister for failing to declare her income and property, citing a violation of the OSP Act.

It was alleged that Cecilia Dapaah failed to respond to a notice to declare her property within the stipulated 30-day period, as mandated by the OSP Act.

Simultaneously, lawyers representing Cecilia Dapaah have filed an injunction application against the OSP, asserting that her rights are at risk if the OSP’s actions are not restrained.

Ms. Dapaah vehemently contested allegations made by the OSP regarding funds received from a bank account linked to her late brother.

In response to the OSP’s assertion of a new seizure of funds, Cecilia refuted any implication that the monies and assets seized from her residence were of suspicious origin.

She clarified that the funds in question were transferred from an account specifically opened to collect funeral donations for her late brother, named ‘The Late Nana Akwasi Essan,’ of which she is a signatory.

Additionally, she explained that the transferred funds were intended for the payment of her late brother’s children’s school fees, emphasizing the legitimacy and non-suspicious nature of the transactions.

Background:

The legal saga involving Cecilia Abena Dapaah and her household staff began when two househelps were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and multiple counts of theft, accused of stealing money and valuable items from the couple’s residence.

This alleged theft occurred between July and October 2022, and items worth millions of cedis were reported missing, including clothing, handbags, perfumes, jewelry, Kente cloth, and men’s suits.

During the trial, additional individuals, including the househelps’ alleged boyfriends and one of their fathers, faced charges of dishonestly receiving stolen goods. The accused individuals have been remanded or granted bail.

The case took a new turn with the discovery that the stolen funds had been used to purchase properties and expensive items, leading to further investigations and arrests.

Christiana Achab, a trader, and Job Pomary, a mechanic, were accused of receiving significant sums of stolen money and purchasing real estate and vehicles with it.

The developments in this case have sparked public interest and calls for investigations into the source of the money.

Following these events, Cecilia Dapaah resigned from her position as Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, with Freda Prempeh appointed as her successor.

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