Le44m fraud lands Czech in remand


NOVEMBER 14, 2014 By Hawa Amara

Czech Hannah Blahutora was yesterday remanded at the Female Correctional Centre, former Special Court detention facility, for allegedly obtaining the sum of Le44 million from one Alusine Bah, to import used vehicle tyres from Europe, as well as facilitate processing an America visa, knowing same to be false.

The accused was making her second appearance after she was arraigned last week at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2, presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, on two counts of obtaining money by false pretence, contrary to section 32(1) of the Larceny Act 1916.

While testifying, Bah told the court that between March and April 2014 the accused rented a vehicle from him.

He told the court that his sister who lives in Liberia wanted her son to travel to the United States, with the accused electing to facilitate the processing of his travelling documents, requesting the sum of Le1.5 million.

According to him, the accused later requested another Le850, 000 to deposit into the America Embassy visa account.

He said the accused left Kenema for Freetown, ostensibly to fast track the visa application, returned later and told him about the used vehicle tyres trade, assuring him that one of her relatives in Europe would assist help.

“Upon that I deposited Le43 million in the accused account at Zenith Bank in Kenema. I showed her the bank slip and she assured me that in two days’ time, they would process the money to buy the used vehicle tyres, the complainant testified. “The accused told me that in five weeks-time the container would arrive. I waited and the container did not arrive. I started calling the accused and she refused to pick. I sent her text messages but she did not respond.”

He told the court that he reported the matter to detectives at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters in Freetown, and returned  to Kenema, where got information that the accused was in Makeni, before she was subsequently arrested.

According to the charges, the accused on diverse dates between March and April 2014, at Kenema, in the eastern province of Sierra Leone, obtained the aforementioned amount from the complainant by falsely pretending that she could procure used tyres in Europe on his behalf.

The matter was adjourned to 21 November for further hearing.