Woman goes to jail for US$20,000 fraud


November 17, 2016 By Hawa Amara

One Salima Ansumana was yesterday remanded at the Female Correctional centre on Jumo Kenyata Road for allegedly `obtaining the sum of $20,000 from one Sally Janneh by falsely pretending that she needed the money to supply air conditioners.

The accused was arraigned before the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No. 2,presided over by Magistrate Albert J. Moody on three counts of causing money to be paid by means of fraud and obtaining credit by false presence, contrary  to law.

Police alleges that the accused on a date between 14th and 30th June, 2016, in Freetown, with intent to defraud, caused the said sum to be paid by the complainant on the pretext that she needed the money to supply business, knowing same to be false.

The particulars of offence stated that the accused on the same date, with intent to defraud, caused the said sum to be paid by the complainant, on the pretext that the said money would be used to pay for air conditioners, knowing same to be false.

Defense lawyer, S. Nicole told the Bench that his client was willing to pay back the money, thus pleading with the magistrate to put his client on bail.

Prosecuting council, Lansana Dumbuya, vehemently objected to bail, stating that the prosecution didn’t have confident in the accused and that she might run away.

He informed the court that when the accused took the money from the complainant, she went and applied for a U.S. visa, and that she was later apprehended by Interpol at the Gbessia Int’l Airport, Conakry, Guinea, while trying to board Brussels airline.

He noted that if they grant the accused bail, she would flee the jurisdiction.

Magistrate Moody refused the accused bail and adjourned the matter to 22 November when the prosecution is expected to open its case.