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Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh

A swindler from Ghana

ARB Apex Bank confirms: Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh committed forgery and fraud — 16 October 2019

ARB Apex Bank confirms: Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh committed forgery and fraud

Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh has such a strong sense of entitlement, that he even writes recommendations for himself. ARB Apex Bank in Ghana confirmed that he used their letterhead, impersonated one of their credit managers, falsified his signature and fabricated a whole letter glorifying himself.

One of our sources provided us with a recommendation letter, dated 21 September 2018, and directed at the Principal of Wageningen University & Research, a Dutch university where Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh had applied for a masters’ study in Organic Agriculture. In this letter, signed by Roderick Ayeh, a credit risk manager with ARB Apex Bank in Ghana, Addeah receives a warm recommendation.

On the bank’s letterhead Ayeh expresses his “wholehearted support” for Addeah, who according to the letter was employed with the bank from 2006 to 2010. Ayeh says he was “impressed with Prempeh’s writing skills, initiative, and ability to meet deadlines”. He performed greatly for the bank and “brought a rich knowledge of historical and contemporary ways of doing business banking in the 21st century.”

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Why universities around the world reject Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh’s applications — 20 September 2019

Why universities around the world reject Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh’s applications

An interesting aspect of Ghanaian swindler Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh is that he persistently tries to gain access to universities around the world. He applies for all kinds of courses, master studies, scholarships and grants. However, most universities and scholarship organizations who check his diplomas and transcripts turn him down.

Checking Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh’s academic track record was a time-intensive investigation, during which we contacted nine universities in six countries. Based on what we found we are confident to conclude that he fabricated his diplomas, transcripts and recommendations, and doesn’t hold an academic title. Therefore he is not qualified to apply for any master program at any university.

In this longread we also explain in detail how universities check the diplomas of international applicants, and what role scholarships play in this.

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The World Bank confirms: Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh lied about winning an essay contest — 13 September 2019

The World Bank confirms: Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh lied about winning an essay contest

In 2010 Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh joined the World Bank International Essay Writing Competition. He claims: “I emerged as the third of 200 best authors of the world and was called to receive my award in Sweden.” But is this true?

Addeah Prempeh has a strong sense of entitlement. So strong that he even makes up prizes he never won. Especially when it comes to writing, as he wants to be seen as a great author.

Already in 2005 and 2006 he joined the World Bank’s International Essay Competition in an attempt to receive recognition. These attempts failed, so he tried again in 2010, altough based on the competition’s participation criteria – only young people from developing countries in the age group of 18-25 were allowed to join – he was no longer qualified as he was already 29 at that time.

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Stanbic Bank in Ghana confirms: Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh committed forgery and fraud — 1 September 2019

Stanbic Bank in Ghana confirms: Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh committed forgery and fraud

Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh duped two accommodations in the Netherlands with the same trick: claiming that he had requested his bank to wire the money, then pretending ‘delays’ due to ‘bank problems’, and finally not paying his bills at all. But how exactly did he do it? We researched the case and found hard proof that he committed fraud.

When Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh received an e-mail from his accommodation in Ede with an instruction to wire the payment of € 2,346 for his bill, he forwarded them the following e-mail:

E-mail Stanbic Bank (pdf)

For privacy reasons we blacked-out the recipient’s personal information. The original e-mail, including its source code, is in our possession.

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Why we investigate Ghanaian swindler Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh — 18 June 2019

Why we investigate Ghanaian swindler Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh

This website offers the results of a thorough journalistic investigation into the person, practices and projects of Ghanaian swindler Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh.

The research project started in June 2019, when Prempeh duped two accommodations in the Netherlands. It quickly became clear that he scammed multiple people and companies in Ghana and abroad, commited fraud, and sytematically lied about his CV and accomplishments.

What makes this case salient is that Prempeh is connected to people in high society in Ghana and abuses people of good standing to rip off others. It provides a unique, detailed insight in how this swindler operates.

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