By Dauda Koroma
Leonco manager Rufus Musa Jarteh Kamara has been charged for embezzling Le314.8 million at the company’s Lumley gas station. Kamara’s lawyer, Augustine Alie, made a bail application based on the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, but it was rejected by the court. The police prosecutor contested the bail application, citing the significant amount of money involved in the alleged embezzlement.
Kamara is charged with one count of embezzlement, in contravention of Section 17(1) of the Larceny Act 1916. The prosecution alleges that between April 20th and 24th, 2023, Kamara fraudulently embezzled Le314.8 million, which he received from various pump attendants at his duty post, with the intention of depositing it into the Vista bank account of David Carew, the company’s owner.
During the court hearing on Thursday, Carew, who said he is also an accountant for Freetown Nominees Limited, testified as the first prosecution witness. He mentioned that Kamara was responsible for reconciling daily sales from twelve pump attendants, securing the cash, and depositing it into the company’s bank account. Carew stated that he discovered discrepancies between the amount collected and deposited into the bank between April 20th and 24th. He then proceeded to report the matter at the Lumley Police Station, he said, and provided assurances to the court that there is evidence supporting his claim. ASP Ibrahim S. Mansaray, the prosecutor, requested an adjournment to present the evidence.
Magistrate Ngegba refused Kamara’s bail application, expressing the need to hear the complete evidence from the first prosecution witness, David Carew. The case was adjourned until September 25.