The New Dawn (Monrovia)

22 November 2012

Liberia: Pastor's Tricks Exposed

The President of an American based group called ABC International, Gudrum Margret Palsdottir has unveiled in court several ways defendant Reverend Matthew Sakeuh requested money from the group through false information.

In addition to a lengthy testimony before the Criminal Court "C" at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia Wednesday, Palsdottir presented a volume of about hundred page document, purporting to contain email exchanges, other communications and documents as evidence for defendant Sakeuh to purchase 52.76 plus 20 acres of land to construct the ABC Aid Liberia branch in February 2007.

Reverend Matthew T. Sakeuh now on separate trial in Monrovia, was jointly accused with his wife Mrs. Plenseh Sakeuh of the Africa Indigenous Evangelical Mission (AIEM) in Liberia for allegedly duping the US-based ABC International of one million United States Dollars ($1,000,000.00USD) project to purchase a total of 72.6 acres of land for the establishment of the ABC Children Aid Liberia.

But following all of the alleged interactions with defendant Sakeuh, witness Palsdottir claimed to have gathered from a man in Faroses Iceland that the website of the AIEM showed picture of all "our buildings nowhere mentioning ABC [International Children Aid]."

Witness Palsdottir testified that defendant Sakeuh received a total of US$8,968.00, recalling that on February 2, 2007,he (defendant Sakeuh) allegedly made a financial report on the registration of ABC Children Aid International [in Liberia] as well as payment on 52.76 acres and additional 20 acres of property in Liberia.

She said on May 6, 2007, defendant Sakeuh thanked her via email for instructing him to use a total of US$32,000.00 for land, probation and registration of deed, among others.

She further claimed that defendant Sakeuh revealed plans to build girls' dormitory at the cost of US$94,000.00 from children welfare funds which she said "is an agreement on the support from the children welfare funds to ABC Children Aid."

Witness Palsdottir recollected that on July 5, 2007, ABC Liberia emailed her (Palsdottir), Runa and another person only identified as Margret informing them of a purported motor accident in which defendant Sakeuh was reportedly undergoing medication at SOS Clinic in Monrovia when a bus hit his pick-up, causing him to loss his digital camera, laptop, and cellphones.

She also said the email further claimed that 700 children visited defendant Sakeuh at SOS, but the clinic rejected knowledge of any patient called Sakeuh or the visitation of 700 children when she (Palsdottir) made a call for background check at the SOS.

"This is one of many such incidents, requesting money on false information," said witness Palsdottir.

She said Sakeuh informed her via email on July 1, 2008 that a great damage happened to a school building in which he claimed the first three classroom floods felt down and needed US$45,000.00 to clean up and reconstruct those damaged classrooms.

But she said contractors rejected the claims when she contacted them to counter-check the information. She further claimed to have countered check and found as false, information provided by defendant Sakeuh claiming that a big tree felt and killed one of the workers while clearing the project site.

"We also contacted the company that was clearing the land, [and] they said nobody has died and also there were no such big trees that could kill a man," said Palsdottir.

On August 14, 2012, she claimed defendant Sakeuh requested for US$4,900.00 as cost for staying in a guest house at US$50.00 per day for about ninety day period. Further to that, she said defendant Sakeuh was paid US$2,700.00 at the beginning of each month based on his request made in 2007 to take care of his family.

But following all of the alleged interactions with defendant Sakeuh, witness Palsdottir claimed to have gathered from a man in Faroses Iceland that the website of the AIEM showed picture of all "our buildings, nowhere mentioning ABC [International Children Aid]."

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