Finance Manager Jailed 12 Years For Theft

The Anti Corruption Court has sentenced the former finance manager of an NGO to 12 years after finding him guilty of embezzlement and misappropriation of funds.

Patrick Odele was the finance manager of Africa Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation where he embezzled monies amounting to Shs1.5billion.

He was found guilty by Justice Margaret Tibulya of the Anti corruption court at Kololo and sentenced to spend the next 12 years of his life in prison.

Odele was also ordered to refund Shs780million to the same organisation and also to pay a fine of Shs719million on top of spending 12 years in prison.

Odele was convicted on 16 charges of embezzlement, forgery of bank documents and uttering false documents and will forfeit all money deposited in court as bail to the organisation he was serving.

Court found that Odele on numerous occasions forged the signature of the principal signatory to the organisations Bank account in Bank of Baroda and personally withdrew millions of shillings and diverted the said money for personal use.

Prosecution told court that Odele on several occasions withdrew millions of money from Bank of Baroda on the pretext he was going to pay NSSF for ACHEST employees and sometimes to URA but Prof. Francis Omaswa who was ACHEST Executive Director told court as witness that ACHEST never authorized the bank withdrawals originated by Odele.

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