Four Sierratel Senior Staff Suspended

Telecoms

A recent case of fraud at Sierra Leone’s incumbent Sierratel gives further ammunition if it were needed of the case against reviving incumbents lost to civil wars. Four senior staff of Sierratel were suspended last Friday for allegedly defrauding the company millions of Leones. The quartet includes Information and Technology Officer Isatu Kamara; Pay Roll Officer Gershon Allen; Deputy Finance Officer Moses Johnson and one Simeon.

The suspects were suspended for allegedly filling the corporation's payroll with ghost workers. Sources close to Sierratel stated that the syndicate has been in existence for years. "All those involved in that syndicate are senior staff particularly dealing with the company's finances." A senior staff at the company told Concord Times that a national investigation has been ordered.

Another Sierratel staff who preferred anonymity for security reasons said she observed such fraudulent activity in the company some years ago but "When I tried to render some advice, they threatened to fire me."

Concord Times