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Businessman in financial impropriety scandal of $6,000, charged and remanded

Amadu Bah, a fifty-year-old businessman, faces charges of fraudulent conversion and is presently incarcerated.

Before Magistrate Santigie Bangura at the Pademba Road Court No. 2 in Freetown, the defendant is accused of two counts of fraudulent conversion.

Between unspecified dates in June 2023, at #20 Siaka Steven Street in Freetown, the accused fraudulently converted to his personal use or benefit six thousand United States dollars ($6,000) entrusted to him by Amadu Sallieu Jalloh with the purpose of exchanging it for Leones.

Additionally, on the same date and at the same location, the accused person, through deception, stole the sum of six thousand United States dollars ($6,000), equivalent to one hundred forty-five thousand eight hundred Leones (145,800,00), the property of Amadu Sallieu Jalloh.

The defendant did not enter a plea after the charges were read and explained to him.

Testifying under oath, the first prosecution witness, Amadu Sallieu Jalloh, a businessman, recounted that the accused approached him and informed him that a customer required the exchange of six thousand dollars. Jalloh stated that they negotiated the exchange rate and agreed upon the sum of Le145,800 for the 6,000 USD.

According to Jalloh, the accused collected the dollars with the expectation that he would send the Le 145,800 but failed to do so. Jalloh informed the court of his futile attempts to contact the accused. He stated, "I sent several messages and calls, but the accused did not respond."

Jalloh subsequently made a statement to the police, leading to the accused's apprehension.

Following the witness's testimony, the accused, who was not represented by an attorney, cross-examined the witness.

After cross-examination, Magistrate Bangura remanded the accused, adjourning the matter to the 26th of June 2024 for further proceedings.


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