LIBERIA: Judge Affirms Guilty Verdict In GT Bank Theft Case

images_cms-image-000000783Criminal Court “C” Judge Emery Paye has affirmed the guilty verdict brought against defendants Montmorancy Yancy and Stanley Yorsee by the trial jury in the GT Bank US$126,219 theft case.

The two GT Bank staffers were charged with theft of property, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy and criminal facilitation for receiving and not depositing the amount into the account Total Liberia at the bank.

Judge Paye reached the decision recently following the hearing of a motion for new trial in which the defense counsel argued that the verdict was contrary to the weight of the evidence.

They further argued that the state failed to prove its case when it only provided evidence for over US$85,000 contrary to the US$126,219 for which the defendants were charged.

The state countered, saying that in criminal cases, creation of a link is cardinal to the proof of a case.

After hearing both sides, Judge Paye analyzed the motion and overruled the request for a new trial.

He then instructed the Probation Services Division of the Judiciary to conduct an investigation of the defendants and submit same in seven days before sentencing.

At the start of the case on Tuesday, August 30, both Yancy and Yorsee pleaded not guilty, claiming to have no knowledge of the commission of the crime.

In a four-count indictment, the Grand Jurors of Montserrado County said the duo, in flagrant violation of the statutory law, did conspire to facilitate and commit the crimes as charged.

According to the indictment, between the period May 28 to June 29, 2015, co-defendant Yancy, while serving as a Teller at the bank’s head offices in Sinkor, colluded with Yorsee to steal the amount of US$126,219 intended to be deposited in the Total Liberia Incorporated account at GT Bank.

“This act was carried out without the knowledge and approval of the bank’s management,” the indictment said.

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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) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.