Between March and September2019, Peter Mohamed Kamara, Abdul Karim Kargbo, Umaru Tarawally and Ansu Sombo conspired to misappropriate the sum of Sixty Million Leones (Le60,000,000) when they willfully failed to pay the said sum into the Consolidated Revenue Fund. The money is a total amount of court fines imposed on one Mathew Sesay and one Abubakarr Sidique Turay who were convicted for corruption offences by the High Court of Sierra Leone Holden in Kenema and each fined Thirty Million Leones (Le30,000,000).
Our investigations discovered a corrupt enterprise, whereby Umaru Tarawally, Officer-in-Charge, Non-Tax Revenue, NRA, Kenema will write on the original receipt the actual amount received, and then records a lesser on the duplicate and the cashbook; which remains as the actual record of the NRA. In this instance, Umaru Tarawally received Thirty Million Leones (Le30,000,000) from each convicted person. He then dishonestly wrote Thirty Million Leones (Le30,000,000) on the original receipts and recorded Thirty Thousand Leones (Le30,000) on the duplicate receipts and entered same in the NRA cashbook. This means, he and his co-conspirators had Fifty Nine Million, Nine Hundred and Forty Thousand Leones (Le59,940,000) to share, while only a meager Sixty Thousand Leones (Le60,000) went to the State.
Meanwhile, the accused persons are expected to make their first appearance in the High Court Holden in Kenema on 12th December, 2019.
The Commission wishes to reassure the general public of its unshaken resolve to fight acts of corruption at all levels and at all times in Sierra Leone.