According to the agreement reached with the ACC as settlement, each of the three NRA staff is required to pay One Hundred Million Leones (Le100,000,000).
At the commencement of the agreement, Sesay agreed to pay and has paid Fifty Million Leones (Le50,000,000) cash; Kargbo agreed to pay and has paid Fifty Million Leones (Le50,000,000) cash and Conteh agreed to pay and has paid Fifty Million Leones (Le50,000,000) cash.
The remaining amounts of money due the ACC should be paid not later than tomorrow 31st July, 2019.
In April 2019, the ACC instituted an investigation into the operations of NRA staff attached to the Immigration Department Headquarters in Freetown following reports that funds generated at the Department were not properly accounted for, as there were variances between the original receipts issued to customers and the duplicate copies maintained by NRA.
“Our investigations discovered a long standing corrupt practice known as “carding”; a fraudulent process through which public servants place a card under the original receipt so the actual amount written on it does not get recorded on the duplicate which remains as the actual record of the NRA. They then place a white sheet of paper on the duplicate and write a lesser amount on it. After that, they keep the difference in the amounts on the original and the duplicate to themselves and pay the lesser amount on the duplicate to the State. The amount they keep could be far more than what ends up going to the NRA. The ACC settled this case because the duplicate receipts are illegible and evidence will be difficult to rely on upon prosecution” ACC noted.
The Commission further wish to reassure the public that it shall not relent in ensuring that public funds are protected, and where necessary, recovered.