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Standard Times publishes the indictment paper for Mayor Williams and Co

In the high court of Sierra Leone Holden at Freetown the state

Vs.

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams

Bowenson Fredrick Phillips

Sylvester Momoh Konnehi

Arthur Kwesi-John

Desmond Thomas

FranklyN Garber

Alimamy turay

Nimata Bendu

Aiah Brimah

And

Mohammed Allie Shaaban

 

Dated the ………..day of……………………..2011.
At the Criminal Session of the High Court Holden at free town on the…………day of ………….2011, the Court is informed by the Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission that Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Fredrick Phillips, Sylvester Momoh Konnehi, Arthur Kwesi-John, Desmond Thomas, Franklyn Garber, Alimamy Turay, Nimata Bendu, Aiah Brimah, and Mohammed Allie Shaaban, ate charged with the following offences:

 

Count 1

Statement of Offence

Conspiracy to commit a corruption offence contrary to section 128 (1) of the Anti Corruption Act 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Fredrick Phillips being the Mayor and the Chief Administrator of the Freetown Council respectively, on a date unknown,  between the 1st July, 2010 and the 31st March, 2011 at  Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone conspired together and with other persons unknown to misappropriate the sum of  Le744,450,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Forty-Four Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Leones) to wit: caused willful loss by hosting a live two days Morgan Heritage concert, which said sum was meant for the development of the municipality of Freetown.

 

COUNT 2

Statement of Offence

Failure to pay Tax (Pay As You Earn “PAYE”), contrary to Section 48 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence:

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Fredrick Phillips being the Mayor and the Chief Administrator of the Freetown Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st July 2009 and 31st August 2009 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone unlawfully failed to pay PAYE tax to the National Revenue Authority (NRA) in the sum of Le 62, 269,595.00 (Sixty-Two Million Two Hundred and Sixty-Nine Thousand and Five Hundred and Ninety-Five Leones), to wit: being the sum deducted from staff as PAYE Tax that was not paid over to the National Revenue Authority.

 

COUNT 3

Statement of Offence

Failure to pay Tax (Pay As You Earn “PAYE”), contrary to Section 48 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence:

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Fredrick Phillips being the Mayor and the Chief Administrator of the Freetown Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st October 2009 and 31st December 2009 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone unlawfully failed to pay PAYE Tax to the National Revenue Authority (NRA) in the sum of Le 88, 565,638. 00 (Eighty-Eight Million Five Hundred and Sixty-Five Thousand and Six Hundred and thirty Eight Leones), to wit: being the sum deducted from staff as PAYE Tax that was not paid over to the National Revenue Authority.

 

 

 

COUNT 4

Statement of Offence

Failure to pay National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) Contribution, contrary to  Section 48 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence:

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Fredrick Phillips, Sylvester Momoh Konnehi and Arthur Kwesi-John being the Mayor and the Chief Administrator, the Acting City Treasurer and the Deputy Chief Administrator of the Freetown Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st July 2010 and 31st October, 2010 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone unlawfully failed to pay NASSIT contribution for and on behalf of the staff of the Freetown City Council in the  sum of Le 76, 123,246.20 (Seventy-Six Million One Hundred and Twenty-Three Thousand and Two Hundred and Forty-Six Leones Twenty Cents), to wit: being the sum deducted from staff as NASSIT Contribution that was not paid over to NASSIT

COUNT 5

Statement of Offence

Failure to pay Tax (Pay As You Earn “PAYE”), contrary to Section 48 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence:

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Fredrick Phillips, Slyvester Momoh Konnehi and Arthur Kwesi-John being the Mayor and the Chief Administrator of the Freetown Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st January, 2010 and 31st March, 2010 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone unlawfully failed to pay PAYE Tax to the National Revenue Authority (NRA) in the sum of Le 80, 058,509. 00 (Eighty Million Fifty-Eight Hundred Thousand and Five Hundred and Nine Leones), to wit: being the sum deducted as PAYE Tax that was not paid over to the National Revenue Authority.

 

 

COUNT 6

Statement of Offence

Failure to pay Tax (Pay As You Earn “PAYE”), contrary to Section 48 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence:

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Fredrick Phillips, Sylvester Momoh Konnehi and Arthur Kwesi-John being the Mayor and the Chief Administrator, the Acting Treasurer and the Deputy Chief Administrator of the Freetown Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st May, 2010 and 31st August, 2010 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone unlawfully failed to pay PAYE Tax to the National Revenue Authority (NRA) in the sum of Le 110, 070,553. 00 (One Hundred and Ten Million, Seventy thousand, Five Hundred and fifty-three Leones), to wit: being the sum deducted as PAYE Tax that was not paid over to the National Revenue Authority.

 

 

COUNT 7

Statement of Offence

Failure to pay Tax (Pay As You Earn “PAYE”), contrary to Section 48 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence:

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Fredrick Phillips, Sylvester Momoh Konnehi and Arthur Kwesi-John being the Mayor and the Chief Administrator, the Acting City Treasurer and the Deputy Chief Administrator  of the Freetown Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st October 2010 and 31st December, 2010 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone unlawfully failed to pay PAYE Tax to the National Revenue Authority (NRA)for and on behalf of staff of the Freetown City Council  in the sum of Le 89, 448,347. 00 (Eighty-Nine Million Four Hundred and forty-Eight Thousand and Three Hundred and Forty-Seven Leones), to wit: being the sum deducted from staff as PAYE Tax that was not paid over to the National Revenue Authority.

 

COUNT 8

Statement of Offence

Misappropriation of Public Revenue, contrary to Section 36 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence:

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Fredrick Phillips and Desmond Thomas being the Mayor and the Chief Administrator and the Head of Cashier’s Office of the Freetown Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st January, 2009 and 31st December, 2009 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Revenue in the sum of Le 55, 589,100. 00 (Fifty-Five Million Five Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand and Eighty-Nine Hundred and One Hundred Leones), to wit: willfully deprived the Freetown City Council of monies collected as Market Dues.

 

 

COUNT 8

Statement of Offence

Misappropriation of Public Revenue, contrary to Section 36 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence:

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Fredrick Phillips and Desmond Thomas being the Mayor, the Chief Administrator and the Head of Cashier’s Office of the Freetown Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st January, 2009 and 31st December, 2009 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Revenue in the sum of Le 55, 589,100. 00 (Fifty-Five Million Five Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand and Eighty-Nine Hundred and One Hundred Leones), to wit: willfully deprived the Freetown City Council of monies collected as Market Dues.

 

COUNT 9

Statement of Offence

Misappropriation of Public Revenue, contrary to Section 36 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence:

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Fredrick Phillips and Desmond Thomas being the Mayor, the Chief Administrator and the Head of Cashier’s Office of the Freetown Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st October, 2009 and 31st December, 2009 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Revenue in the sum of Le 24, 317, 300. 00 (Twenty Four Million Three Hundred and Seventeen Thousand and Three Hundred Leones), to wit: willfully deprived the Freetown City Council of monies collected as Municipal Licenses.

 

 

COUNT 10

Statement of Offence

Misappropriation of Public Revenue, contrary to Section 36 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence:

Alimany Turay being the Municipal Trader Officer of the Freetown Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st January, 2009 and 31st December, 2009 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Revenue in the sum of Le 22, 470,000. 00 (Twenty -Two Million Four Hundred and Seventy Thousand Leones), to wit: willfully deprived the Freetown City Council of monies collected as Market Dues between 9th December and 4th May 2010.

 

COUNT 11

Statement of Offence

Misappropriation of Public Revenue, contrary to Section 36 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence:

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, being the Mayor and of the Freetown Council, on a date unknown, between the 1st July, 2010 and 31st Match, 2011 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Funds in the sum of Le 10, 000,000. 00 (Ten  Million Leones) withdrawn from the Freetown City Council account at Skye Bank Freetown on cheque No. 01028014 purporting to be payment in respect of the Morgan Heritage concert.

 

 

COUNT 12

Statement of Offence

Misappropriation of Public Revenue, contrary to Section 36 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence:

Aiah Brima being Development Planning Officer of the Freetown Council, on a date unknown, between the 1st May, 2009 and 31st May, 2009 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Funds in the sum of Le 9, 800,000. 00 (Nine Million Eight Hundred Leones), made payable  on payment voucher No. 4113 and Cheque No. 1007508, willfully purporting to be payment for allowances to Councilor’s need assessment..

 

COUNT 13

Statement of Offence

Misappropriation of Public Funds, contrary to Section 36 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

 

Particulars of Offence:

Franklyn Garber being the Civil Engineer of the Freetown Council, on a date unknown, between the 1st May, 2009 and 31st May, 2009 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Funds in the sum of Le 225, 000,000. 00 (Nine Million Two Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand Leones), made payable on payment voucher No. 4025 and Cheque No.1007494 to wit: purporting to be payment for Rehabilitation Work and Steel Door at Morgan Street Market.

 

COUNT 14

Statement of Offence

Misappropriation of Public Funds, contrary to Section 36 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.

Particulars of Offence

 

Aiah Brimah being the Development Planning Officer, of the Freetown City Council, on a date unknown, between the 1st July 2010 and the 31st March, 2011 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone willfully misappropriated Public Funds in the sum of Le 2,815,000.000 (Two Million Eight Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Leones) purported to have been paid to participants at the three day Strategic Planning Retreat at Hill Valley Hotel as Dally Subsistence Allowance.

 

Count 15

 

Statement of Offence

 

Misappropriation of Public Revenue, contrary to Section 36 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008

 

Particulars of Offence:

 

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Frederick Phillips and Desmond Thomas being the Mayor, the Chief Administrator and the Head of Cashier’s Office of the Freetown City Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st October 2009 and the 31st December 2009 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Revenue in the sum of Le 2,063,400.00 (Two Million Sixty-Three Thousand and Four Hundred Leones) to wit: willfully deprived the Freetown City Council of monies collected as Wharf Landing Fees.

 

Count 16

 

Statement of Offence:

 

Misappropriation of Public Funds, contrary to Section 36 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008

 

Particulars of Offence:

 

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Frederick Phillips and Arthur Kwesi John being the Mayor, the Chief Administrator and the Deputy Chief Administrator of the Freetown City Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st October 2009 and the 30th November 2009 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Funds in the sum of Le 4,000,000.00 (Four Million Leones), made payable on payment voucher No. 3820 and Cheque No. 126222 to wit: purporting to be payment made to the National Power Authority for prepayment on light bill.

 

Count 17

 

Statement of Offence:

 

Misappropriation of Public Revenue, contrary to Section 36 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008

 

Particulars of Offence:

 

Nimata Bendu being the Finance Officer of the Lumley Government Hospital, on a date unknown, between the 1st January 2009 and 31st August 2009 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Revenue in the sum of Le 5,874,000.00 (Five Million eight Hundred and Seventy-Four Thousand Leones) to wit: willfully deprived the Freetown City Council of its revenue.

 

Count 18

 

Statement of Offence

 

Misappropriation of Public Funds, contrary to Section 36 (1) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008

 

Particulars of Offence

 

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams being the Mayor of the Freetown City Council, on a date unknown, between the 1st July 2010 and the 31st March, 2011 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Funds in the sum of USD$ 9,000.00 (Nine Thousand United States Dollars) to wit: purported to be payment for excess luggage to Morgan Heritage Concert.

 

Count 19

 

Statement of Offence

 

Misappropriation of Public Funds, contrary to Section 36 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008

 

Particulars of Offence

 

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams being the Mayor, of Freetown on a date unknown, between the 1st July 2010 and the 31st March, 2011 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated public funds in the sum of USD$ 10,000.00 (Ten Thousand United States Dollars) drawn from Freetown City Council account No. 800-018001591-01 at the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, purporting to be payment in respect of the Morgan Heritage Concert.

 

Count 20

 

Statement of Offence

 

Misappropriation of Public Funds, contrary to Section 36 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008

 

Particulars of Offence:

 

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Frederick Phillips and Sylvester Momoh Konnehi being the Mayor, the Chief Administrator and the Acting City Treasurer of the Freetown City Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st April 2010 and the 1st of June 2010 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Funds in the sum of Le 79,980,000.00 (Seven-Nine Million Nine and eighty Thousand) to wit: purporting to make payment for the relocation of evictees from the construction site of a market and shop center at Fisher Street.

 

Count 21

 

Statement of Offence

 

Misappropriation of Public Funds, contrary to Section 36 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008

 

Particulars of Offence:

 

Mohamed Allie Shaaban being a businessman operating as Waka Fast Construction and General Services of No. 16 Pademba Road Freetown on a date unknown, between the 22nd April 2010 and the 30th May 2010 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Funds in the sum of Le 800,000,000.00 (Eight Hundred Million) to wit: being payment for the construction of Market and Shop Center at Fisher Street.

 

Count 22

 

Statement of Offence:

 

Misappropriation of Public Funds, contrary to Section 36 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008

 

Particulars of Offence:

 

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams and Bowenson Frederick Phillips being the Mayor and the Chief Administrator of the Freetown City Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st June 2009 and the 31st July 2009 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Funds in the sum of Le 13,442,500.00 (Thirteen Million Four Hundred and Forty-Two Thousand and Five Hundred Leones) made payable on payment voucher 3309 and Cheque No. 1027080 to wit: purporting to be payment made to one Zenobean Enterprises for the supply of swivel chairs.

 

Count 23

 

Statement of Offence:

 

Misappropriation of Public Funds, contrary to Section 36 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008

 

Particulars of Offence:

 

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams and Bowenson Frederick Phillips being the Mayor and the Chief Administrator of the Freetown City Council respectively, on a date unknown, between, the 1st May 2009 and the 31st May 2009 at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone misappropriated Public Funds in the sum of Le 7,640,000.00 (Seven Million Six Hundred and Forty Thousand Leones), made payable on payment voucher 4032 and Cheque No. 1007550 to wit: purporting to be payment made to one Ibrahim Kamara as ‘Incentive for Revenue Enforcement Team’.

 

Count 24

 

Statement of Offence

 

Willfully failing to comply with the law relating to the procurement of services, contrary to Section 48(2) (b) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 12 of 2008

 

Particulars of Offence

 

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, Bowenson Frederick Phillips, Arthur Kwesi john and Sylvester Momoh Konnehi being the Mayor, the Chief Administrator, the Deputy Chief Administrator and the Acting City Treasurer of the Freetown City Council respectively, on a date unknown, between the 1st July 2010 and the 31st March, 2011 at Freetown in the Western Area, of the Republic of Sierra Leone willfully failed to comply with the law relating to procurement in respect of the purchase of services of the Morgan Heritage Family for the sum of USD$ 130,000.00 (One Hundred and Thirty Thousand United States Dollars) for a two day live musical concert staged at the National Stadium.

 

Count 25

 

Statement of Offence

 

Willfully failing to comply with the law relating to the procurement of services, contrary to Section 48 (2) (b) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 12 of 2008

 

Particulars of Offence

Herbert Akieremi George-Williams, being the Mayor, of the Freetown City Council on a date unknown, between the 1st July 2010 and the 31st March, 2011 at Freetown in the Western Area, of the Republic of Sierra Leone willfully failed to comply with the law relating to procurement in respect of the services of the Rugged Musical set for the sum of USD$ 35,000.00 (Thirty-Five thousand United States Dollars) for two days to be used at the Morgan Heritage concert at the National Stadium.

 

Signature to scan

 

DATE OF TRIAL     PLEA:   VERDICT:         SENTENCE:

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