Actress Bezawit Mesfin and her accessory, Nebil Yemam, received a six and eighteen months jail term, respectively, on allegations of fraud.
The two committed a crime by adding a digit on a 4000.00 birr payment cheque they received, as a car rental, from Yonatan Balcha.
The accused rented a car on May 8, 2005E.C and received a 4000.00 birr pay cheque at 8 o’clock in the evening same day from Yonatan Balcha.
However, the two changed the amount to twenty four thousand birr by adding a digit “2” before the already written figure and cheated Wegagen bank to pay 24,000.00birr, with the extra 20,000.00birr added, at Sebara Babur branch.
Federal prosecutor filed a criminal charge against the culprits on allegations of fraud and; on falsifying pay cheque with the intention of getting un-deserved financial gain.
The Federal High Court 5th criminal bench sentenced Bezawit Mesfin to six months jail and 1,500birr fine; and Nebil Yemam to eighteen months jail and 3000.00birr fine.