Elusive Swindler Charged, Remanded

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By: Momodou L Jaiteh
Karanta Darboe, an alleged economic hit man and serial swindler has been charged in court and remanded at Mile Two Prison, the police confirmed recently.
According to Police Public Relations Officer, Lamin Njie, Mr Darboe, 45, is facing charges ranging from obtaining goods by false pretense to possession of counterfeit currencies among others.
He has duped over 43 businessmen and women in Gambia’s largest commercial town of Serre Kunda in Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) and got away with large sums of money and goods taken from shops, food stores and foreign exchange bureaux in the town and its environs.
The swindler is said to have victimised nearly 50 businesses and individuals and still counting as investigations continue with more cases coming up against him.
Dawda Rowsey, a retired black American soldier who has now chosen Gambia as his second home and operating a food store and Candy Shop in Bakoteh Layout Town, narrated how Mr. Darboe went to his shop and got away with goods worth over 14,000 dalasis, (approximately US$280).
He said the swindler drove to his store and started loading his vehicle with items only for him to return to the counter with fake foreign currency in Swedish Kroner notes.
Mr. Rowsey revealed that Darboe then told his cashier to keep the foreign currency while he would go and change some Kroner into Gambian dalasis promising to return to the shop so he could pay in local currency. According to Mr. Rowsey, the swindler never returned to the shop and on realising that he was duped reported the matter to the police where he was told Darboe had carried out similar acts against some 43 victims.

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