Le100m bail for bank fraudster


OCTOBER 23, 2014 By Hawa Amara

A man accused of fraud was yesterday granted bail of Le100 million by Magistrate Komba Kamanda presiding at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2.

Ibrahim Bangura, who is alleged to have defrauded one Caleb Moiguah by issuing him counterfeit banknotes, was arraigned on 13 counts of conspiracy to defraud contrary to law, possession of forged banknotes contrary to Section 13(1) of Cap 37 as amended by Section 15 of Act No.6 of 1981, altering counterfeit banknotes contrary to Section 6 (1) of the Coinage Offence Act of 1965, and forgery contrary to Section 2 (1)(2) of the Forgery Act of 1913.

According to Magistrate Kamanda, the bail should be approved by the acting Master and Registrar with two sureties in like sum who must be residence owners in the Western Area, adding that one of the sureties should provide his title deed.

Police prosecutor Sergeant 922 J. Dumbuya told the court that the accused on 2nd September, at Sillah Street in Bo, southern Sierra Leone, with intent to defraud, conspired with some unknown individuals to defraud the complainant by knowingly presenting him counterfeit banknotes.

Sergeant Dumbuya said the accused was on the same day found with Le70,000 counterfeit banknotes in his possession with different serial numbers.

The accused was represented by defence counsels E.T. Koroma and E.T. Enoch.