Three accused persons of the United Bank of Africa (UBA) have been remanded at the Pademba Road Correctional Center by Magistrate Santigie Bangura of the Freetown Court No1.
According to the charges, Olufemi Leonard Thomas, Priscilla Musu Kanneh and Mohamed Mansaray on Wednesday February 7th 2018 appeared before Magistrate Bangura on thirty two count charges on a dates between September 8th 2015 and December 9th 2016 at the headquarters of United Bank of Africa Charlotte Street, Freetown in the Judicial District in the Western Area, Sierra Leone with the intent to defraud, conspired together with other persons unknown and fraudulently diverted the sum of six hundred and fifty million, four hundred and eighty one thousand, three hundred and fifty three Leones(Le 654,481,353.00) into Account No. 54012050031858 which were subsequently withdrawn and shared among themselves, hereby defrauding the said bank.
The court files showed that the three were charged for embezzlement contrary to section 17(1)(b) of the Larceny Act of 1916 and that the accused persons being servants employed by the bank UBA embezzled the sum of two million six hundred and eighteen thousand two hundred and eighty-six Leones (Le 2,618,286,00) received from the bank settlement account with the Bank of Sierra Leone.
That being servants of the said bank embezzled the sum of thirty million and twenty-one thousand nine hundred Leones (Le 30, 021, 900, 00) received from UBA account with the Bank of Sierra Leone.
That on October 15th 2014 at the UBA, the three accused embezzled the sum of thirteen million Leones (Le13, 000, 000, 00) received at the said Bank settlement account with the Bank of Sierra Leone.
That the same accused persons on October 17th 2014 at the said bank embezzled the sum of four million, seven hundred and fifty thousand Leones (Le 4,750,000.00) received from the said bank settlement account of Bank of Sierra Leone.
That on October 24th 2014, the accused embezzled the sum of nine million and forty-eight thousand Leones (Le 9,048,000.00) received from the same settlement account with the Bank of Sierra Leone.
Defense Counsel representing the accused persons are: I. Kanneh, G. Kamara, and S. F Fomba, C.Campbell, J.M Jengo and MS Charles.
C. Campbell told the court that the charges are bad in law because of what he termed as double jeopardy and advised that the matter be thrown out but the Police Prosecutor Superintendent Kamara associated by Lawyer V.I Lansana said the accused persons committed the offences on different dates and as such, the matter should not be thrown out.
Magistrate Bangura denied the accused persons’ bail and the matter was adjourned to February 12th 2018.