…Passport & travelling documents seized

By Abu Bakarr Kargbo:::

The Sierra Leone Police is currently searching for key suspects that are involved in the recently discovered network of complex financial fraud driven by aggressive and heartless grand conspiracy involving some individuals, groups of persons, institutions, business enterprises and fraudsters focusing on defrauding the state of tax revenue, financial impropriety, embezzlement, larceny servant etc.

In a release issued out on Monday 24th June 2013 the Police stated that in view of the ongoing investigation and its complex networks, it is alleged that officials of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), the Sierra Leone Shipping Company and the Banking Sector wishing to travel out of the country must seek police clearance from the Office of the Inspector General of Police to avoid embarrassment.

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Richard Moigbe informed the press that they have already alerted their personnel at the Lungi International Airport and other border crossing points in the country to arrest any official from these institutions wanting to violate their order.

The Acting IG however maintained that in connection with the ongoing marathon investigations the police have declared a good number of interested people wanted, and that they will be holding a management meeting to issue out a price tag on each of the wanted suspects. Some of the suspects declared wanted are: Elizabeth King of the National Revenue Authority who was key to the ongoing investigation; Ibrahim Kamara a banker, residing 8, Campbell Street; Saliue Barrie, Branch Manager of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank and Wilkinson Road; Alimamy Kamara of 7, Kissy Road; a Lebanese national, Mohamed Amouda Shaban. Mr. Moigbe confirmed that a good number of arrests have been made recently and three managers including John B. Sankoh, Festus Crosbie and Festus Jones.

The Director of Criminal Investigations, Mr. Ibrahim Koroma has informed told press that the police have impounded the passport of the Managing Director of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, Mr Crispin Deigh. Also, he noted that a Lexus Jeep presented as a token by Kabbah Simeon Khalu to the Managing Director with registration number AEW 240 is also in police custody together with a G-Class Mercedes Benz Jeep with registration number AEW 242.

Tax Fraud: Chopped

Employees of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and the EcoBank accused of defrauding the State the total sum of Le 492,238,864 have been remanded at the Pademba Road Maximum Prison.

The accused  persons are Sharka Kpanaban, Mutalib Kamara, Ibrahim Bockarie, Felix Jusu, Milton Alpha, Bakie Minah, Inah James, Isata Osaio Kamara, Solomon Michael, Hindolo Katta, Mrs. Catherine ‘Betty’ Katta, Momoh Turay and Emmanuel Sesay were charged with the offence of conspiracy to fraud contrary to law.

According to the charge sheet, the accused persons were on diverse dates, between  1st November 2012 and 11th  June 2013 in Freetown intend to defraud the Government and the People of Sierra Leone the stated sum being custom and excise duties payable to the National Revenue Authority and also Eco Bank payment order/manager cheque with serial number 00240 payable to the National Revenue Authority (Fugitive Accused Idrissa Fornah, aka Iye Fornah, aka OKALA) on behalf of the ADDAX Bio-Energy.

According to the statement of offence on the first file, it was alleged that all nine accused persons on diverse dates between 1st November 2012 to 20 November 2012, conspired with other persons unknown and undisclosed to defraud the sum of Le 100,000,000 being customs and excise duties payable to the National Revenue Authority (NRA). On the second file which involves four accused persons, all accused persons on diverse date between 1st May 2013 – 11th June 2013 conspired with other persons unknown and undisclosed the sum of Le 392,238,864 being an EcoBank payment order/manager cheque with serial number 000240 payable to the NRA on behalf of ADDAX Bio Energy.

NAMES Institutions
Sharka Kpanabom NRA
Ishmiel Dainkeh Banker
Abdul Mutalib Kamara NRA
Ibrahim Bockarie Lavalie NRA
Felix Jusu NRA
Milton Alpha NRA
Inah James NRA
Isata Osaio Kamara Banker
Solomon Michael Hindolo Katta NRA
Mrs. Catherine ‘Betty’ Katta Banker
Momoh Turay Banker
Emmanuel Sesay NRA
Idrissa Fornah NRA (Wanted)
Elizabeth King NRA ( Wanted)
Santigie Kargbo NRA (Wanted)


The Public is hereby encouraged to inform the ACC on the information about the three wanted accused persons highlighted

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