Yayah Billah Sillah a worker with Access Bank has been brought before the pademba road magistrate court No.6 on 220 count charges ranging from possession of counterfeit notes contrary to section 34(1)(b) of the bank of Sierra Leone act no.5 of 2019.

According to the particulars of offence, on Saturday 17th of September 2022 at Access Bank head office, Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown, the accused was found in possession of 100 dollars notes with serial number ME01504825B reasonably suspected to have been counterfeit or unlawfully obtained.

The charges were read and explained to the accused person and no plea was taken.

Sergeant 9939 Mohamed Lahai lead Prosecution witness number one Mohamed Misbow Jalloh.

Head of Domestic Domestic Operations, Access Bank Sierra Leone Limited, in his testimony recalled the accused as a counting notes officer and on the 17th of September and have had anti-money laundering training at the Bank.

He explained that the accused had shown him some dollars he had in his possession and was willing to change.

The witness explained this to the management of Access Bank and the management called on the Criminal Investigation Department to investigate the matter as the accused has 40 thousand dollars counterfeit notes.

After a search was conducted by the CID, the money was handed over to the Police and the accused was taken to the CID.

The witness was cross-examined by the defense Ahmed Atata Mansaray Esq.

Magistrate Ngegba presiding over the matter refused bail and sent the accused person to the male correctional centre in Freetown.

The matter was adjourned to the 16th of February 2023 for further hearing.