Over L$470, 000 Was Mistakenly Transferred To Defendant’s MobileMoney Account, As Second State Witness Explains In Court

By Abraham Solli/GNN Judicial Reporter

lone starThe second state witness in the ongoing case involving the Management of Lonestar Cell MNT through the Government of Liberia (GoL) and a former employee of the company at Criminal Court “C” has explained that over L$470,000 was mistakenly transferred to the defendant’s mobilemoney account.

It be recalled that the Grand Jury of Montserrado County, on February 23, 2016, indicted the former Lonestar Cell MTN Regional Sales Supervisor, Suzette Binda-Blake for the alleged crime of Misapplication of Entrusted Property a crime allegedly committed while in the employ of the company.

The indictment alleged that between the periods of March A.D 2014 up to and including July A.D. 2015, in the City of Monrovia, Defendant  Suzette Binda-Blake, with criminal intent yo commit a crime, purposely, knowingly, willfully and intentionally committed the crime of Misapplication of Entrusted Property  while serving the company as Regional Sales Supervisor.

The indictment among other things stated that the defendant, while serving the entity as regional sales supervisor, was entrusted with electronics mobilemoney and stock/goods valued at L$449,515 plus US$66,000 respectively to sell, supply and to report and or deposit the proceeds in the company’s account at Ecobank Liberia Limited and other banking institutions and that she (defendant) received said properties, sole them through deception and deceit converted the proceeds into her own used and benefit, thereby depriving the owner of the used of its’ tangible properties.

Witness SameliaDempster-Tweh, Customer Service Manager at Lonestar Cell MTN, testified before the court that before being sent to her new position, she once served the company as Mobilemoney manager at which time she said she knew the defendant as regional sales supervisor until her transfer.

“In 2015, the management through my office observed that funds given to Suzette Binda-Blake for the Management of agents within her region were  not accounted for. Also, that a huge deposit was made to Suzette Mobilemoney account by error and was withdrawn immediately from the Suzette’s account. This was observed during our normal reconciliation process. The amount was over L$470,000,” she testified.

She among other things stated that the erroneous deposit of the over L$470,000 was made by the Lonestar Cell MTN Broad Street Service Center.

Following state lawyers direct examination of Witness Dempster-Tweh, the Presiding Judge of Criminal Court “C”, Emery S. Paye, assigned further hearing in the case to Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 1:30 AM.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL), including several other international organizations of journalists.