Crispin Decker, allegedly caught impersonating as a teacher and staff of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), made his first appearance on Friday 6th September 2013 before Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No.2 in Freetown to answer to 14 count charges ranging from Conspiracy, Impersonator to Obtaining Money by False Pretences.
According to the statement of offence in count one, the accused on diverse dates in May 2013 at Gbendebu community in Goderich, York Rural District, conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony to wit obtaining money by false pretences.
The accused on the same dates and location, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of one million four hundred and twenty thousand leones from one Janet Bondu James, falsely pretending that he will provide her with students scholarship to study in Australia, knowing the same to be false.
The accused also allegedly obtained the sum of one million five hundred and fifty-five thousand leones from one James Koroma claiming that he will help his two children to get scholarship to study in Australia.
In another count, the particulars of the offence states that the accused on Sunday 18th August 2013, at 52 Goderich Road in Freetown, intended to defraud by falsely pretending to be a worker of the West African Examination Council (WAEC). The accused demanded the sum of one million five hundred and fifty-five thousand leones from the complainant, claiming to help her two children to study in Australia. He presented forged documents to Janet Bondu James to wit notice of acceptance for the scholarship bearing logo of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to study in Australia in name of WAEC, knowing the same to be false.
No plea was taken and the accused was not represented in court by a lawyer. He was refused bail and remanded at the Pademba Road Prisons whilst the matter was adjourned to 9th September 2013.
Source | AWARENESS TIMES