Tearful Verdict

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Surprise and shock were last Friday registered on the faces of Margretta Dorbor and her family when a jury at Criminal Court ‘C’, Temple of Justice pronounced her guilty of stealing over US$100,000 from her employee, the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI).

She was also found guilty of being in possession of 200 pieces of counterfeit banknotes all in US$100 bills valued at US$20,000, as well as forgery.

At Friday’s hearing, it took almost three hours for the six member jury panel to return from their deliberation, bringing down the guilty verdict against Ms. Dorbor.

In their unanimous guilty verdict, the jury said prosecution had produced overwhelming evidence to convict Dorbor of the commission of crimes of forgery, theft of property and counterfeiting.

Prosecution produced a single US$100 bill out of the 200 pieces of counterfeit banknotes, which they claimed were discovered under the desk of Dorbor while she served as ‘New Accounts Officer’ at the bank’s Gardnersville branch, outside of Monrovia.

Immediately after the verdict, Dorbor, who had been very quiet throughout the trial, could not hold back her tears.  She wept bitterly.

It is now left with the Supreme Court to decide whether or not to reverse the jury verdict and her subsequent sentence by Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh.

Her lawyers on Friday rejected the jury’s verdict and announced an appeal before the Full Bench of the Supreme Court.

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