Le100m bail for fraudster


May 12, 2015 By Patrick J. Kamara

One Lamin Kalokoh was Friday (May 8) granted Le100 million bail by Magistrate Mohamed Seray Wurie presiding at the Magistrates’ Court No.6 for alleged fraud.

The accused was arraigned for allegedly obtaining money by false pretence contrary to section 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

Police prosecutor Inspector Agatha Heals alleged that on an unknown date between 1 and 31 October 2012, at the Operational Support Division headquarters in Brookfields, with intent to defraud, the accused obtained the sum of Le30 million from the complainant, Bernadette Mary Bangura, by falsely pretending that he has a piece of land for sale, knowing same to be false.

Before granting the accused bail, Magistrate Wurie noted that fraud was a common phenomenon among the youths and that his court takes such matters seriously. He said stiff bail conditions should be given to people accused of engaging in fraudulent activities.

The bail condition also includes two sureties that are resident and property owners in the Western Area, and it should be approved by the acting Master and Registrar.

The matter comes up again on May 15.