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Le300m bail for Transnational Ltd. fraudsters

March 4, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 yesterday granted bail of Le300 million to three accused persons who are alleged to have defrauded Transnational Sierra Leone Limited the sum of Le601,902,900.

The accused persons – Abdul Hassan Kargbo, Victoria Morgan and Daniel Tamba Moiba – were arraigned on three counts of conspiracy to defraud contrary to law, fraudulent conversion contrary to section 20(1)a of the Larceny Act of 1916, and embezzlement contrary to section 17 (1)b of the Larceny Act of 1916, respectively.

Police prosecutor Assistant Superintendent Samuel Kamara alleged that the accused, on diverse dates between 1 January and 31 July, 2014, conspired with some unknown persons to defraud Transnational Sierra Leone Limited the aforementioned amount by forging payments receipts of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank to activate DSTV subscriber service without paying into the company’s account.

On count two, the prosecution alleged that the accused, over the same period of time, fraudulently converted into their own use and benefit the sum of Le601,902,900 entrusted to Transnational Sierra Leone Limited, property of Adonis Abboud, by DSTV.

The prosecution continued that count three relates to the second accused (Victoria Morgan) who, during the period mentioned above, fraudulently forged Sierra Leone Commercial Bank payment receipts to activate DSTV subscriber service without paying into the company’s account.

Defence counsel Alhaji Mohamed Kamara applied for bail after the matter was mentioned and there was on witness to testify, on the grounds that the prosecution is yet to present any witness to corroborate their case.

Magistrate Kamanda upheld the defence’s application and accordingly granted bail to the tune of Le100 million for each of the three accused persons.

Matter continues on 17 March.

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