Two appear in court charged with 460 counts

TWO people appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, charged with 460 counts of conspiracy, forgery, uttering false documents and theft, occasioning loss to a specified company to the tune of over 428M/-.

They are Tamal Rashid (24), a personal secretary, and Salimu Salimi (37), a station manager, both are residents of Dar es Salaam and former employees of Usangu Logistics (T) Ltd.

Before Principal Resident Magistrates Amir Msumi, the duo denied all the charges.

Prosecuting, Senior State Attorney Grace Mwanga, assisted by State Attorney Faraji Nguka, alleged that the duo committed 460 offenses, of which one count fell under conspiracy, 229 on forgery, 229 on uttering false documents, and one on stealing.

The prosecution told the court that the accused persons conspired to commit offenses on diverse dates between December 23, 2020, and November 6, last year within the Ilala District in Dar es Salaam, including stealing.

On forgery counts, the prosecution told the court that on diverse days within Tabata Matumbi in Dar es Salaam, the accused, with intent to defraud, forged signatures of the directors on documents, for a number of purchase requests purporting to show that the sign was genuinely signed by Garmashad Shermohamed Ismail, a Director of Usangu Logistics (T) Ltd.

Either the accused, on the aforementioned dates and location, with the intent to defraud or deceive, they forged a signature on a document with various payment vouchers purporting to show that the same was genuinely signed by Saadkhan Shermohamed Ismail, Director of Usangu Logistics (T) Ltd., a fact they knew to be untrue.

The accused are also facing uttering false documents counts, which are contrary to Sections 342 and 337 of the Penal Code.

It is alleged that the accused, on diverse dates in Tabata Matumbi in Dar es Salaam, knowingly and fraudulently uttered fake documents, to wit: a number of purchase requests to Brigita Antony Banda in order to obtain the said money.

The court heard that, on the last count of theft, the duo, on diverse dates between December 23, 2020, and November 6, last year, at the aforementioned location, while employed as a personal secretary and manager of the mentioned company, stole a total of over 428m/-, which was the property of their employer and came into their possession by virtue of their employment.

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