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For fraudulent conversion:

Accused sentenced to 20 months or pay Le1.5m

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 By Patrick J. Kamara

Magistrate Tonia Barnett of the Pademba Road Magistrates’ Court No.1 yesterday sentenced one Ernest Bright to 20 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to the offence of fraudulent conversion.

The accused was making his fifth appearance before the court after he was charged with two counts of obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

According to police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent Kamara, on an unknown date between 1 and 31 January at the Congo Cross roundabout, the accused with intent to defraud one Foday Amadu Koroma the sum of Le6,750,000, purported to having an air ticket to Malaysia for sale, knowing same to be false.

ASP Kamara said that in count two of the charges, the accused allegedly defrauded one Mohamed Kelfala Fofanah the sum of Le4 million on the pretext of securing him a visa to travel to China.

Counsel for the accused, A. Fofanah, told the court that his client had agreed to change his plea to guilty after a meeting with the complainants. He said the accused had already started refunding the money.

That notwithstanding, Magistrate Barnett sentenced the accused to 12 months imprisonment or an alternative fine of Le1 million on count one, and Le500, 000 or eight months on count two.

“Both fines are to be paid instant or you go to jail,” she decreed.

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