Ghanaians Arrested in US over Credit Card Fraud
Two Ghanaians are
being investigated by the Boonton Township police over a credit card
fraud operation which also involves two Essex County residents.
The investigations which lasted for 14 months “started with a
homeowner’s report in mid-June 2014 about the fraudulent use of her
Emmanuel G. Duker-Eshun, 22, of Cottage Street, South Orange, was
arrested on August 26, while Dominic Eshun, 30, of Stuyvesant
Avenue, Irvington, was grabbed Monday. The men have the same last
name but are not related, said Sgt. Thomas Cacciabeve in a release.
They are on a $20,000 bail after being charged with fencing and
conspiracy to receive stolen property. The Daily Record reported
that Duker-Eshun was additionally charged with attempted theft of
On June 17, 2014 a resident reported that her credit card was
fraudulently used to make more than $700 worth of purchases over the
Internet including a Virgin Mobile Galaxy S3 cellular telephones.
The policy of most phone carriers is that cellular phones can only
be shipped to the purchaser’s billing address.
The day after the homeowner filed her report about the credit card
use, she received a shipment of cell phones to her residence. The
phones were turned over to the police. Later that day, the homeowner
reported that a stranger showed up at her house and demanded the
package that had earlier been delivered and then given to police,
the detective said in a release.
The homeowner called police but she had a brief confrontation with
the stranger before he fled in a vehicle occupied by another person
prior to the arrival of police. The police intensified their
investigations leading to the identification and subsequent arrest
of Dominic Eshun and Emmanuel Duker-Eshun.
According to detective Cacciabeve, the police have traced possible
contacts in Ghana who are issuing the stolen credit card numbers.
“According to information later provided by the suspects, a party in
Ghana would provide them with the stolen credit card information and
instruct them to make fraudulent Internet purchases with them. The
suspects then conspired to ship the illegally-obtained merchandise
overseas to Ghana for various forms of compensation,” the police
The sergeant said detectives believe the trade-off between the
Eshuns and Ghana contact is that the Eshuns could keep some of the
merchandise allegedly purchased over the Internet with stolen credit
Source: StarrFM Online