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Gambian remanded for US$71,000 fraud

OCTOBER 14, 2014 By Hawa Amara

A Gambian national, Ishmael Sanyang, was yesterday remanded at the maximum security prison on Pademba Road for allegedly defrauding one Edward Bangura the sum of seventy-one thousand United Stated dollars (US$71,000).

The accused was arraigned on six counts of conspiracy to defraud and obtaining money by false pretence, contrary to Section 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

The prosecution alleged that the accused had on diverse dates between 25th August and 14th September 2014, in Freetown, with intend to defraud, conspired with unknown persons to defraud the complainant – who is General Manager of White Pole Fishing Company – of the said amount.

Testifying in court, the complainant (Edward Bangura) said he met the accused through a friend who told him that the Gambian deals in fishing in Guinea-Bissau.

Bangura explained that the accused purportedly called his brother, who he said heads a fishing company in Bissau, and they discussed lengthily in a language he cannot understand, but he subsequently informed his boss about what had transpired.

“The accused first requested for US$10,000 to facilitate his movement to Bissau in order to buy some fish, and a receipt was presented after he received the money. He also requested for US$50,000 to remove the fishing vessels. I gave him US$15,000 but he still insisted that I provide the balance. I ended up giving him US$22,000 and also provided him with fuel and food,” the complainant explained.

He further told the court that because there was no progress in the business after a while, he enquired with the accused whether anything was wrong, and was told that the money they had given him was not enough for the workers.

“I went to the residence of the accused to ask him why the invitation was not sent to my email but he replied that his brother was unable to reach my email. He also requested for another US$10,000 but I only gave him US$9,000,” he stated.

He said that when he visited the house of the accused later, the latter attempted to run away but was apprehended by local youth and taken to the police station.

The matter is being prosecuted by Inspector S. Conteh, while the accused is represented by C.F. Edwards and M. Mbayoh.

The matter was adjourned to 7 November.