Jane B. Mansaray……………………
Secretary in the Medical and Dental Council office in Freetown, Mrs. Averill Paris yesterday appeared before Magistrate Abu Bakarr Binneh Kamara of Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 on twenty four counts indictment of embezzlement contrary to law.
The accused who is the general typist/petty cashier in the Medical and Dental Council Registrar’s office was arraigned on twenty four counts ranging from larceny by servant, forgery, and embezzlement contrary to law.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused on diverse dates between January and February 2016 being a secretary at the Registrar General’s office at the above mentioned council office allegedly forged certain documents of medical registration forms and registration of ethics document. On the other counts, the accused is alleged to have embezzled monies worth Millions of Leones
In his testimony in court, the factual witness who is also the Registrar at the Medical Cental Council, Doctor Samuel Josiah Thorpe said he recognized the accused as a secretary working in the council in charge of general typing and selling forms to doctors and proprietors of health facility for the purpose of registration.
He said he recalled on the said date when one doctor Momodu Bah came to his office and showed him a certificate of annual renewal.
According to the witness, after going through the renewal certificate he detected it to be forged with his signature and the Council President’s signature forged with no stamp on it.
Upon questioning the holder of the renewal certificate, the witness told him that the certificate was issued to him by the accused.
The witness said he called on the accused to see him at the office but did not make any attempt and went away.
The witness furthered that on the following day, the accused did not come for work and several attempts were made to reach her but to no avail. The witness said he then made a formal report at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters as several other illegal certificates were issued to doctors and health care facilities by the accused without going through the due process.
The accused was later arrested and charged to court.
She is being represented by Lawyer C.B. Davies. The accused after being remanded at the Correctional Centre was on her second appearance before Principal Magistrate Binneh Kamara granted bail in the sum of one hundred and fifty Million Leones and a surety in like sum to be approved by the Deputy Acting Registrar (DAR).
The matter was adjourned to the 23rd March 2016.