This website offers the results of a thorough journalistic investigation into the person, practices and projects of Ghanaian swindler Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh. But some questions remain.
Our research focused on the main elements in his CV that he lied about, and the cases where he committed fraud and scammed people. Some questions that emerged in our research we will try to address here. We do this with a clear disclaimer though: the answers express only the personal observation / impression of the investigators.
1 – Is Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh a wealthy man?
Addeah comes a from a prominent family with four siblings. He is the son of Dr. Kwaku Addeah, a well-known Ghanian lawyer, banker and politician who died in 2018. He grew up in privileged circumstances and has connections in the upper class of Ghanaian society. He claimed to have worked as a banker and stated that his agricultural company generates a good revenue. He repetitively told people he is rich and expects an inheritance from his late father. However, we know his claims can’t be trusted, and as he financially duped people and didn’t pay for the accommodations where he stayed, it is quite possible that his personal means are limited and that he doesn’t have a steady income. His hosts in Wageningen reported that he lived very basic and didn’t engage in social activities. He also seems to have disconnected from his family.
2. Is Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh a professional scammer?
We don’t have the impression he is a ‘pro’. Professional scammers work smarter and more strategically to enrich themselves at the expense of others, while carefully covering their tracks. He is good in winning people’s trust with his charm, perceived modesty and ‘name-dropping’, but operates unstrategically and quite ad-hoc. His lies are not consistent, some are plain weird and obvious, and his claims can easily be fact-checked by those who make the effort to do so. We have the impression that on several occasions he “robbed Peter to pay Paul”, which is not a very sustainable way to scam.
3. Does Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh have psychological issues?
Yes, without any doubt Addeah is a messed up person. Dishonest behaviour and self-deception can be related to emotional damage or psychiatric personality problems. We asked a psychologist to look at our research case and she passed on the insight that he likely is a ‘covert introvert narcissist’, also called a ‘narcissistic personality disorder’. This would certainly explain his extreme sense of entitlement and his need to be recognized as an important and succesful person, his inability to handle feedback and criticism, his inability to genuinely connect with people and show empathy, his compulsive lies and manipulation while not keeping agreements, and his passive-aggressiveness and tendency to turn the blame on others, while feeling no guilt or shame to exploit people. However, a mental disorder doesn’t mean he is not responsible for the damage he caused. Obviously he should be arrested and prosecuted, and take full responsibility to repay the people he duped.
4. Is Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh a Christian?
Addeah has a Bible, says he prays and goes to church, and even carries a portrait of Jesus in his suitcase. He was raised a Catholic, but his actions don’t show he is a Christian. Like Jesus said in Luke 6:45-46 – “The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I say?” His religiousness serves mainly as an instrument to deveive people. St. Paul had good reasons to pass on this warning in 1 Corinthians 6:10 – “Do not be deceived: thieves, nor verbal abusers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” If Addeah takes his faith seriously, he should repent of his sins, restore the damage he caused, and fully compensate his victims. Like the swindler Zaccheus in Luke 19:8 – “If I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
5. What is Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh’s work or business?
He claims that he worked for most of his life in the banking sector, and presents himself as a banker, which is a doubtful claim. He resigned at some point to establish the KP Group of Companies, which he describes as “a commercial agribusiness project that has employed over 20 youth within the community.” He also stated: “Although I began on a humble note, the company grew so fast and so big that in 2014 I received the National Best Farmer award in the piggery category on behalf of the company at the district level during the celebration of Ghana’s Farmer’s Day.” In his business plan the UNDP Ghana is mentioned as a partner of his company, but the UNDP reported to us: “Our records do not have any current or past partnership with the said company. We will summit this to our Security Unit for further investigations.”
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