26 September 2012

Liberia: Four Finance Ministry Employees Face Trial

At least four employees of the Finance Ministry recently accused of stealing US$700,000.00 are facing trial at the Monrovia City Court on multiple charges of criminal conspiracy, economic sabotage, fraud and theft of property.

Based on allegations levied by Finance Ministry authorities, defendants Daniel B. Grigsby, Jr, Yallah W. Ndorbor, Samuel K. Seidu and John D. Kennedy allegedly diverted and remitted government revenues into two separate private accounts identified as Integrated Management Consultants Inc., #00211034719926101; and Buchanan Revenue Office bearing #003-1014700154-70.

Police investigators claim defendant Daniel B. Grigsby has admitted to perpetrating the crimes levied against him, and also linked co-suspects Kennedy, Ndorbor and Seidu as accomplices.

The suspects were arrested on September 20, 2012 based on allegation levied by Deputy Finance Minister for Revenue Dr. James Kollie, linking them to stealing US$700,000.00 from government through its Grand Bassa County Collectorate.

Police charged sheet revealed that the suspects allegedly collected 6% contractors withholding tax paid by a construction company identified as Odebrecht Construction International Inc. between the months of February and August 2012.

According to Deputy Minister Kollie's narratives to police investigation, the 6% was to be placed into government's account, but the suspects diverted into two private accounts.

However, police gathered that defendant Grigsby created the establishments named Integrated Management Consultant, Inc with the knowledge of co-suspects Kennedy, Ndorbor and Seidu for the sole purpose of duping government.

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