Umu Kultimi Bah is the Banking Supervisor at Splash Mobile Money Company and in that capacity she testified in court as prosecution witness in an alleged embezzlement of over six hundred million Leones (Le 600,000 000) by employees of the said company.
Rahim Ngevao and Augustine Charles (accused) are currently being investigated on 12 counts of embezzlement at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1, presided by Magistrate Binneh Kamara.
On Wednesday, Umu explained to the court her involvement in the said matter as Banking Supervisor, stating that she recognized both accused and recalled 20th January and 17th August 2015. She explained her responsibilities as a supervisor to ensure she monitors agents and customers on the day to day banking transaction of Splash Mobile Money.
Umu furthered that the 1st accused, Rahim Ngevao is responsible to post money into customer’s account on a daily basis and at the end of every month they reconciled previous transactions of both electronics and customers’ accounts.
“Money that comes from the electronics account the 1st accused is supposed to credit the money into the customer’s deposit account and for every Leones from the electronic account he is supposed to withdraw back from the customer’s account”.
She said during their reconciliation she found out that 1st accused had not been doing his transaction properly; instead of doing daily depositing; the banking supervisor said the accused was doing his posting on weekly basis and because of that she queried him.
His reply was that they were experiencing internet problems in Kenema and Umu said she contacted the branch manager of Eco-bank who confirmed the internet problem but said not always.
According to the witness, the accused stopped reporting for work for three months. She compiled her report for January, February and March 2015 and forwarded the report to her immediate boss.
According to her, the report comprised of missing transactions of the money from the electronic account that was not credited into the customer’s account. The matter continues on 8th April 2016.
According to particulars of offence, on 20th January 2015 in Kenema, Rahim Ngevao, Area Coordinator, East, fraudulently embezzled over six hundred million Leones (Le 600,000 000) from an account of Splash Mobile money.