Skye Bank accused of aiding and abetting
DECEMBER 4, 2014 By Hawa Amara
219 litigants who were duped by a phony recruitment company – Rangers Manpower Solution (RMS) – in May this year have filed a class action against Skye Bank for allegedly aiding and abetting the fraudsters, who used the bank as conduit to lure unsuspecting victims to deposit money into the RMS account at the bank.
The litigants, including Abass Kamara, Abdul Aziz Conteh, Abdul Conteh, Abdul Karim Kamara, Abdulai Fasuluku, Abdulai M. Jalloh and Abdul P. Damba, are represented by lawyer Musa Pious Sesay.
According to the statement of claim filed by their lawyer, Skye Bank aided and abetted the fraudulent company by allowing payments to be made through an account No.3118113123 to the tune of US$1,320,000,00 (equivalent to Le5,940,000,000), on the pretext that RMS would provide job opportunity for them in Canada and Finland respectively.
Other defendants in the matter include Dr. Baimungu Patrick – Chief Executive Officer of RMS, Frank Morten – Director of RMS, Obai Conteh – Personal Assistant to the CEO, and Weasua Air Transport Company Ltd.
The case is being heard in the High Court in Freetown presided over by Justice Alusine Sesay.
Skye Bank was represented in court by their legal representatives, although all other accused persons are currently at large.
Lawyer representing Skye Bank, S. Nicole, filed a motion that the bank is wrongfully being made a party in the matter, thus seeking the court’s mandate to dismiss the claim.
However, Justice Sesay adjourned the matter to today when he is expected to rule on the motion.