Two agents of Qnet have been arrested by the Adweso District Police Command in the Eastern Region for allegedly holding a 26-year-old hostage and used him to defraud his Mother and Pastor.
The suspects are Pafio Agordo,20, and Wisdom Korda, 21.
According to the victim, suspect Wisdom Korda who was his school mate lured him to come to Koforidua to be employed in a company that imports goods and pays Ghc800 a week.
He said thousands of youth have been held hostage and being used to defraud many others in the name of network marketing.
“They defrauded the guy. They pressed him under duress and asked him to call family and friends. They took his phone, went through the contact list asked him who is this, who is that then they sat on his neck to call them to demand money from them. Unfortunately for the boy, he doesn’t know anybody here until we came in. This kind of business is illegally being operated, it is a fraud, it is a scam we are calling on the government to as quickly as possible and urgently dissolve this Qnet business. When you go to where they operate in fact it is an eyesore. Then children don’t have food to eat, they don’t allow them to visit their relatives. The police them like prisoners”
Starr News Eastern Regional Correspondent Kojo Ansah in January this year investigated the operations of Qnet a network marketing company that revealed a business module akin to a Ponzi scheme in which thousands of youth have been victims across the Eastern region and parts of the country.
Victims are made to pay Ghc4,200 under false pretences as a deposit for products online and bring two others to join to enable them to enjoy a weekly Commission of $225 which will grow to about $7,000 as the individual continue to work with the company, but this never materializes.
Some of the Qnet Agents are Burkinabes, Togolese, Nigerians, Malians and, Benenois operating in Ghana. They mostly hold their victims from their countries hostage after luring them under the guise of securing a well-paid job mostly in the Mining Industry in Ghana for them.
They are forced to pay at least $900 CFA equivalent each and made to deceive two other friends and relatives to come to Ghana using a similar modus operandi.
Few of the agents have been arrested and put before the court after their victims reported to the police.
Meanwhile, the Attorney-General (A-G), Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, in July this year filed a petition at the Accra High Court seeking an order to wind up (dissolve) QNET company.
In the petition filed at the Commercial Division of the Accra High Court last Monday, the A-G accuses the company of engaging in dishonest, illegal, and fraudulent business activities.
“Investigations by the National Security Council Secretariat disclosed that the respondent (QNET) operates in a manner akin to a Ponzi scheme by luring clients to make deposits and investments with them which they eventually lose,” the petition said.