Saturday, January 25, 2020

Embezzlement: Hilton hotel accountants announced in court

The Kalara newspaper reports on a case of alleged fraud mechanism which took place at the Hilton hotel in Yaoundé in 2015. The hotel establishment accuses its cashiers of having introduced a fraud mechanism on invoicing. This allowed them to fill their pockets on the back of the state.

They are four ex-cashiers to have worked for the Hilton hotel in Yaoundé. Gilles Auguste Nguezong Atsafack, Elie Duclair Djomeni Moaha, Thaddée Désiré Abanda and Dieudonné Atangana, to avoid naming them, were dismissed in 2015. An audit carried out in the establishment revealed a number of anomalies from their accounts, in particular fraud on the invoices of hotel guests. A package which caused a missing estimated at the total sum of 15.3 million CFA francs, qualified as embezzlement of public funds. The case is on trial before the High Court (TGI) of Mfoundi, informs the weekly. 

Unfair dismissal? 

And it was the respondents who decided to bring the case before the social judge of the TGI of Mfoundi to complain about what they called "unfair dismissal". For their part, the leaders of the Hilton hotel filed a complaint against the accused before the criminal judge. If the social judge has already emptied his referral by dismissing the respondents, the trial continues before the criminal judge, we learn.

It was on January 14 that the parties were to respond to the judge's summons, but that was without counting on the absence of all u, each. The hearing resumes on March 10. 

As a reminder, in 2014, Robert Valette Julian Paul, the financial director of the hotel, claims to have noted several anomalies on certain invoices from hotel customers. He therefore investigated an internal investigation which consisted in verifying the accounting documents for the period from December 2011 to October 2014.