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Ghanaian remanded for Le.1 billion scam

By Hawa Amara

A Ghanaian, Akawasi Yindan Adonkwah, was last Friday remanded at the maximum security prison on Pademba Road in Freetown for allegedly defrauding  the Leone equivalent of one billion three hundred and eleven million seven hundred and fifty thousand in euro from a non-governmental organization, Mother and Child Raveral Center (MCRC).

The accused, who until his arrest was chief executive officer of MCRC, was arraigned on one count of fraudulent conversion contrary to section 20(1)(iv)(b) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

According to the prosecution, the accused on diverse dates between January and December 2013, fraudulently converted to his use or benefit the said sum, entrusted to him by the Italy based NGO, FHM, for onward remittance to Sierra Leone based MCRC.

Magistrate Komba Kamanda, presiding, had to adjourn when the state prosecutor, A.G.M. Bockarie Esq., pleaded for an adjournment to enable the prosecution assemble witnesses.

The defence team applied for a bail, but their plea was turned down by the magistrate, apparent because of the quantum of money involved and the fact that the accused could pose a flight risk.

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