LIBERIA: Man, 58, Detained On US$8k Theft Charge

hands-handcuff-11093399A 58-year-old man, who was inadvertently paid US$8,000 instead of L$8,000 at a local bank and left the bank, has been arrested and detained at the Monrovia Central Prison for alleged theft.

A police charge sheet said James Malowo had gone to the Global Bank’s Ashmun Street branch to withdraw L$8,000 from his Liberian dollar account on March 30 when a teller, Winna S. Haines, mistakenly paid the amount to him in US dollars.

The charge sheet indicated that the teller realized her mistake later, and then called Malowo on his cell phone to return the money.

“I have the money and I am brining the money back to the bank,” the charge sheet quoted Malowo as telling the teller, but failed to return the money as promised.

The charge sheet noted that it was at that juncture the teller notified the police, who arrested him later after a search.

The defendant was Wednesday arraigned before the Monrovia City Court to answer to the charges levied against him.

He admitted receiving the money from the teller but failed to return it as promised earlier.

Meanwhile, Malowo is currently detained awaiting court trial.

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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.