The District Magistrate Court sitting at Madina, on the 28th Day of June, 2019, before her Worship Maame Efua Tordimah (Mrs), sitting as the magistrate, has sentenced Mr Francis Awine Anaafo, a ‘fake nurse’, to 22 months imprisonment.

He was convicted on a charge of defrauding by false pretense and impersonation.

Awine, a 33-year old dismissed-nurse trainee of the Nursing and Midwifery Training College, Sekondi, in the Western region was slapped with the jail term for using forged documents to undergo national service as a qualified Nurse at the Goaso Municipal hospital.

Facts of the case…

On February 21, 2019 the Medical Superintendent of the Municipal Hospital in Goaso wrote to inform the Council that Mr. Francis Anaafo who was using the name Simon Yaw Woli was underperforming, so he should be investigated.

Upon receipt of the letter, Mr. Francis Awine Anaafo was invited to the Council’s Head Office in Accra where he was made to present his certificate of registration, result slip and the national service log book.

The Council, upon screening the documents detected that Mr. Francis Awine Anaafo fraudulently used the name of Mr. Simon Yaw Woli, who is a qualified nursing practitioner, to obtain an extract-of-occurrence from the Ministries Police Station to the effect that his certificate, results slip and logbook were missing.

Mr. Anaafo fraudulently acquired a duplicate copy of Simon Yaw Woli’s Registered General Nursing (RGN) Certificate with the extract and presented it to the National Service Secretariat to register for the 2018 national service. Upon successful registration at the National Service Secretariat, Mr. Anaafo was posted to the Goaso Municipal Hospital where he commenced his service in September, 2018.

The Intelligence and Disciplinary Department in the course of investigations, contacted the real Simon Yaw Woli who had his original RGN certificate and results slip in his possession.

He revealed that he and Mr. Francis Awine Anaafo commenced nursing training at the Nursing and Midwifery Training College, Sekondi in August 2013 but in 2015, he (Mr. Anaafo) was demoted and later sacked from the school for non-performance.

Officials from the Intelligence and Disciplinary Department of the Nursing and Midwifery Council with the assistance from the Airport Police on March 15, 2019 arrested Mr. Anaafo and after thorough investigations, arraigned him before Her Worship Maame Efua Tordimah (Mrs.) at the Madina District Magistrate Court ‘1’. Mr. Anaafo pleaded not guilty to the charges. After the trial he was found guilty and sentenced to 22 months imprisonment for defrauding by false pretense and Impersonation.

– Douglas Adu-Fokuo, Freelance Journalist