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Visa fraud lands man in prison

By Hassan G. Koroma

Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No. 2 yesterday remanded at the Pademba Road maximum prisons one Mohamed Rashid Kamara for alleged forgery and obtaining money by false pretence.

The accused was docked on seven count charges of fraudulent conversion and forging of document contrary to section 4(1) of the Forgery Act of 1916, and also for obtaining money by false pretence.

According to the particulars of offence, the accused in February, 2014 at Kissy Road, with intent to defraud, obtained the total sum of US$10,400 (ten thousand four hundred United States dollars) from one Ibrahim Bangura on the pretext of securing him a Canadian visa and air ticket.

Count two also states that the accused, with intent to defraud, forged a Canadian visa with serial No. E 722593547 with an issuance date of 8th January, 2014 and an expiry date of 7th April, 2014, purported to have been issued by the Canadian Embassy in Ghana.

In his application for bail, lawyer Emmanuel Teddy Koroma, representing the accused, said he knew the bench when it comes to matters of such nature and that the bench is unpredictable, noting that bail is discretional but appealed that his client be granted bail.

He said his client is presumed innocent on the charges until proven guilty, and argued that he is a resident of Freetown and has a reliable surety that would stand on his behalf. He said the accused will not jump bail.

In his reply, police prosecutor, Inspector Nyuma, objected to bail, saying the offence for which the accused person is standing trial is a serious one. The accused was eventually denied bail.