Evangelist Patricia Asiedua, also known as Nana Agradaa, has responded to accusations of fraud by denying defrauding or swindling her church members.
In a video, she explained that she actually invited church members for service last Friday and distributed money to help them with their various businesses.
She also said she invited anyone interested in receiving assistance to come to church on Friday (October 7, 2022), convert to Christianity, and become a church member.
Last Friday, she said, there was also fundraising through offertory, as is customary for a church.
As a result, if new members were attending church for the first time and wrote their names, offered money to support the church, and did not receive anything in return from her, they should count themselves as new members, their opportune time will surely come, and they should not attribute that to fraud.
She disagreed with the allegation that the GH1000, GH800, GH700, and coins offertory by churchgoers who willingly donated should be interpreted as fraud.
Nana Agradaa, the Founder of the Heaven Way Church in Weija, Accra, was arrested on Sunday on an alleged money-doubling scam charge leveled against her by some church members.
This was in response to viral social media reports showing members of the church, both new and old, thronging the church grounds to demand their money.
The suspect was assisting police in their investigations, according to a statement issued on October 9, 2022.
As a result, the police have urged victims of the alleged money-doubling scam to contact the Accra Regional Police Command for further investigation.
Last Saturday, a viral video showed disgruntled church members alleging that their leader, a former traditional priestess, had duped them.
Nana Agradaa, also known as Mama Pat, had promised to double their money through her special spiritual purifications, they claimed.
As a result, the church members claimed, they gave her various sums of money only to discover that the promise was a ruse.
This is not the first time Nana Agradaa has been arrested for an alleged scam.
She was arrested in April 2021 after a joint police and National Security team, working with the National Communications Authority (NCA), raided the premises of her two television stations in Kasoa, Central Region.
Nana Agradaa was said to have admitted to the illegality and was initially detained by police to assist with further investigations.
The team also seized television signal transmission equipment from both stations.
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Her arrest was part of a nationwide operation that resulted in the closure of 49 television stations in a single day.
Nana Agradaa, on the other hand, was sentenced to a GH36,000 fine by an Accra Circuit Court for operating a television channel without a license and displaying charlatanic materials.
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