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Forex Bureau staff remanded for embezzling over Le 50m

June 4, 2021

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Sahr Komba, an employee of Micro-bit Forex Bureau, was on Wednesday remanded at the Male Correctional Centre after he appeared before Magistrate Sahr Kekura at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1 on Pademba Road for allegedly embezzling over 50 million Leones.

Komba is charged with four counts of embezzlement contrary to Section 17(1) (b) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

Police prosecutor, ASP Ibrahim S. Mansaray, alleged that the accused person on Thursday, 12th November, 2019, and on several other dates at the said company, embezzled over 50 million Leones from Micro-bit Forex Bureau Company.

Prosecution witness, Mohamed Barrie, a resident of Metzger Street at Kissy, identified himself as auditor at Micro-bit Foreign Exchange Bureau,Goderich Street in Freetown.

He recognised the accused person in the dock as his workmate and one of their cashiers.

“My role as an auditor, include, but not limited to auditing bank statements of cashiers,” he said.

He recalled on the 16th January, 2020, while he was auditing the company’s account, he found out that there were three different dates during which transactions that took place did not correspond with the records at the finance department. 

“On the 12th November, 2019, a cash officer deposited Le 50 into the company’s account that bears the name of the accused, Sahr Komba. According to the bank statement, the money was withdrawn on the same day,” he revealed.

He continued that the accused withdraw the money to pay customers, but he reported to the finance officer of the company that he only withdrew Le 20 million, when he in  actual fact withdrew Le50 million.

He said on the 23rd December, 2019, he was given Le 50 million Leones, but he had Le 20 million in his account which summed up to 70 million Leones.

On the same date the accused also withdrew Le60 million from the same account, but he reported to the finance officer that he withdrew Le 50 million.

He added that on the 24th December, 2019, the company deposited Le100 million, but he reported Le 60 million to the finance officer.

“At the end of the audit, we reached the conclusion that the accused had Le 50 million which he had not accounted for.” 

The accused person, who was not represented in court, argued that he and the witness never sat down for him to be audited, but the witness maintained that he did not audit the accused, but the bank statements.

The accused person said he was being audited by his boss, not the witness.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Kekura withdrew the file for ruling. However, the witness pleaded with the Magistrate for him and the complainant to settle the matter, but the Magistrate replied that he does not possess the power to settle that case and that he will only conduct preliminary investigation into the alleged offence.

The matter was adjourned to Wednesday, 9th June, 2021 for ruling.

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