Fame Ndongo’s ‘wife’ and 2 Colonels accused of embezzlement

The public prosecutor wants the conviction of the former president of the board of directors of a savings and credit cooperative in a case of embezzlement of public funds via fictitious military registration numbers. Two colonels and other microfinance employees also on the line of fire.

The public prosecutor has no mercy against the twenty defendants in the so-called case of 102 fictitious military personnel numbers. By taking his final submissions in this case under investigation before the Special Criminal Court (TCS) since 2012, he wanted all the accused to be convicted of the alleged embezzlement of the sum of 1.5 billion francs charged to them. A package they would have made between 2004 and 2010. This phase of the procedure took place on October 9, 2018.



Before proposing the solution of a cascading guilt against the accused, the public prosecutor went back a long time on the substance of the case by explaining the mechanism of the alleged diversion and what he considers the responsibility of each accused in the occurrence facts at the center of the trial. In fact, the twenty accused are military and civilian. They were in service at the time of the facts either to the direction of the joint police station (Dircia) of the Ministry of Defense (Mindef), or to the microfinance National Fund for the promotion of the investments (Cnpi).

The fictitious military registration case is related to the recruitment campaign in the defense forces organized in 2004 and 2007. Some Mindef officials took advantage of these opportunities to incorporate the names of 102 fictitious staff in the lists of new recruits. For the purposes of fraud, registration numbers had been created and attributed to these imaginary persons at Dircia. These numbers were carefully maintained for years, generating salaries of a total amount of 1.5 billion francs. Clear and crisp information



Salaries were transferred to the NCPI. And each month, a vaguemestre (sent) came to collect them on behalf of “102 soldiers” declared on mission. On the jackpot thus wrested from the State, part of the booty, or 30%, was donated to the NCPI to cover the fraud, and the rest found the organizers of the deception in very high circles in the military hierarchy. For the release of the funds, the checks were filled out in the offices of some executives of the Cnpi and then presented to the fund for regularization of the accounting entries. This gave the impression that the real beneficiaries of the funds had physically presented themselves to the fund to collect their salary.

Protected soldiers

In 2010, when the fraud is brought to light, Charles Remy Manga Foe, the investigating judge of the Tribunal de grande instance (TGI) of Mfoundi seized of the case, will succeed in the feat of retaining only 11 employees of microfinance Cnpi, as authors of the diversion of a sum then evaluated at 411 million francs. The authors of the fictional numbers are dodged by the magistrate. Among the Cnpi employees who are being tried are Ms. Aba Marthe, former wife of Minister Fame Ndongo. At the material time, the latter held the position of President of the Board of Directors (PCA) of the NCPI.



With its advent in October 2012, the TCS inherits the report of the judicial investigation (order of reference) of TGI Mfoundi for the continuation of the procedure. After the opening of the proceedings, the lawyer of the Ministry of Finance (Minfi), civil party in the proceedings, will detect many areas of shadows evaded by the judicial investigation, and which block the manifestation of the truth. Minfi’s insistence will push the TCS to grant further investigation. Curled on December 30, 2015, this survey increases the number of accused from 11 to 20. The total amount of money lost by the state via the subterfuge increases to 1.5 billion francs.

Among the newcomers are senior officials in the service of Dircia and some finance agents (Minfi) seconded to the perception of Finance Mindef during the period incriminated. As military, there are, among others, colonels Emile Ntamag and Giles Théodore Epopa, all former chief of the Dircia. The two senior officers held a confidential computer authorization called “user” allowing the creation of personnel numbers. The two senior officers, as well as some of their associates, have never appeared before the TCS. Some have come up with the idea of ​​paying back the funds withheld from them. The prosecution found that their non-appearance shows that they have no arguments against the prosecution.



Guilty naivety

In the case of Mrs. Aba Marthe, the public prosecutor has requested her guilt. He indicates that the former PCA avails itself of a certain naivety on the grounds that it does not deal with the day-to-day operations of the NCPI. The magistrate swept aside this argument by recalling that, during her testimony before the bar, the accused claimed to have learned the phenomenon of salary payment through the numbers of fictitious soldiers to microfinance and had marked his opposition. He did not hesitate to point out that the salary received by Ms. Fame Ndongo at the time of the incident rose from 150 to 300,000 francs.

Before concluding: “no one can avail himself of his own turpitude”. Regarding the other defendants, unknown to the general public, including former employees of the Cnpi microfinance, the chief executive officers who succeeded one another at the head of the banking institution during the quarreled period, but also the attorney-general, the former chief cashier and the computer scientists of the structure, the public prosecutor considers that everyone has covered, d in one way or another, decried fraud.



He cited examples where some defendants admit to having received a portion of the funds involved even if they defend themselves by saying that they are unaware of the criminal nature of the money. He suggested to the court to convict them of facts either in co-action or in complicity in embezzling public funds on their shoulders.

The hearing resumes on November 20 and 21, 2018 for the defense of the lawyer of the Minfi. the former chief cashier and the computer specialists of the structure, the public prosecutor considers that everyone has covered, in one way or another, the decried fraud. He cited examples where some defendants admit to having received a portion of the funds involved even if they defend themselves by saying that they are unaware of the criminal nature of the money.

He suggested to the court to convict them of facts either in co-action or in complicity in embezzling public funds on their shoulders. The hearing resumes on November 20 and 21, 2018 for the defense of the lawyer of the Minfi. the former chief cashier and the computer specialists of the structure, the public prosecutor considers that everyone has covered, in one way or another, the decried fraud.



He cited examples where some defendants admit to having received a portion of the funds involved even if they defend themselves by saying that they are unaware of the criminal nature of the money. He suggested to the court to convict them of facts either in co-action or in complicity in embezzling public funds on their shoulders. The hearing resumes on November 20 and 21, 2018 for the defense of the lawyer of the Minfi.

He cited examples where some defendants admit to having received a portion of the funds involved even if they defend themselves by saying that they are unaware of the criminal nature of the money. He suggested to the court to convict them of facts either in co-action or in complicity in embezzling public funds on their shoulders. The hearing resumes on November 20 and 21, 2018 for the defense of the lawyer of the Minfi.

He cited examples where some defendants admit to having received a portion of the funds involved even if they defend themselves by saying that they are unaware of the criminal nature of the money. He suggested to the court to convict them of facts either in co-action or in complicity in embezzling public funds on their shoulders. The hearing resumes on November 20 and 21, 2018 for the defense of the lawyer of the Minfi.

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