Total Gas Station Staff Detained
-For Alleged L$2.7m Theft
By Comfort M. Johnson
The Monrovia City Court has detained an employee of the Total Gas Station for allegedly stealing L$2.7 million.
Defendant Roland Bridges was on May 19 arrested by the Police based upon a complaint filed by Total Serving Station Manager Juah Sheriff, alleging that she realized that the entity sustained the loss of 5,614 gallons of gasoline which is valued at L$2, 736,240 or its equivalent of US$19,830 through a fraudulent mobile money transaction.The transactions were between the defendant and Alieu Bility, Amara Bility, Adama Bility, Solpbah Tarr, Jamal D. Morris and Roland Bridges.
The Police charge sheet stated that between March 1 to May 6, 2018, while the defendant was serving as a supervisor, he requested for gas products from the Total Gas Station in Tarr Town on the Old Road through fake mobile money.
The charge sheet noted that the defendant, along with the five others duped Total Gas Station, and that the defendant was in the know when the fake mobile money transfer was made.
The defendant was on Monday arraigned before court to answer to the charges levied against him.
The Police charge sheet stated that Lone Star Cell arranged with Total Gas Station to do mobile money transaction at the above-named gas station, and this program was launched.
According to the Police, this system was criminally tampered with, and the five men took advantage of the system to conspire with the defendant who was the supervisor, to do the fake transactions.
The Police charge sheet further indicated that the five men who are currently at-large, connived with the defendant to initiate and concoct fake mobile money messages, requesting Total Gas Station to supply them with gasoline products.
During police investigation, the defendant denied knowing the five men, and doing business with them, but the telephone communication from Orange GSM confirmed that the defendant along with Alieu Bility had been in communication.
According to the investigation, Alieu Bility was charged with criminal facilitation, Amara Bility and Adama Bility with criminal conspiracy, criminal facilitation and theft of property, while Jamal Morris who is the owner of the Kids Filling Station which was used as a conduit for buying stolen gas from the defendant, was also charged with criminal facilitation.
Meanwhile, the defendant is currently behind bars awaiting court trial.