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Sierra Leone News: Police present counterfeiting gear in Court

Abu Bakarr Fofana and Alhaji Bangura of Makeni on 3 October 2018 appeared before Magistrate Santigie Bangura of Magistrate Court No. 1 on Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown. Fofana and Bangura, between Saturday 1 September and Tuesday 4 September 2018, in Bamoi, in the Kambia District, are accused of defrauding Foday Kamara of Le20 million. They are charged with Conspiracy to Defraud, Obtaining Money by False Pretences contrary to 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916. Fofana and Bangura attended the “luma” or market day in Bamoi where they met Kamara, the complainant. The accused claimed they could double Kamara’s money to Le40 million. Police stopped a vehicle and arrested Fofana and Bangura. During the vehicular search, the Police found a counterfeit money printing machine, pre-cut paper and over Le15 million. When interrogated, the first accused, Fofana, said the fake money making machine belongs to a Senegalese man. Fofana continued that the money was given to him by his brother, Abu Bakarr Mansaray. Fofana, who is a petty trader, said the money was meant for business dealings with the Senegalese man. Fofana went on to say that the Senegalese man ran away when police arrested them. He said the Senegalese befriended him and later demonstrated to him that he could make money for him. Bangura, the second accused said he only met with the Senegalese man in the vehicle where they were arrested and did not even speak to him. On Wednesday 3 October 2018, Police Investigator, Mohamed B. Swaray, presented the counterfeit money machine and seized goods as exhibits in the investigation. The accused were not represented in court and no bail was granted. The case will continue on 4 October 2018.

MCK/3/10/18

By Mohamed Cedric Kamara (Intern)

Thursday October 04, 2018.

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