On November 1, 2021, the special criminal court TCS rendered its verdict about the embezzlement case involving Jean Louis Beh Mengue, former director-general of telecom regulatory agency ART. Convicted of embezzling over XAF389 million, the former director was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The XAF389 million Jean Louis Beh Mengue is accused of having embezzled represents the difference between withdrawals and deposits from the ART’s accounts in the book of Standard Chartered Bank between 1999 and 2009. The difference was detected by three audits carried out between 1999 and 2013.
The former senior official is also accused of obtaining illegal salaries and benefits as well as over XAF16 million of seniority bonus thanks to the administrative board. He was discharged from his duties as director-general of the ART in June 2017 after 18 years in that position.
On August 8, 2019, the man who has been the first-ever director-general to oversee the destinies of the ART was transferred to the Kondengui central prison, in Yaoundé, after several hearings before TCS investigators.