The Analyst (Monrovia)

29 January 2013

Liberia: Rep. Fallah Embezzles U.S.$20,000.00?

An independent investigation conducted by this paper has unearthed that Montserrado County district #5 Representative Thomas P. Fallah on November 14, 2012 withdrew US$20,000.00 under the disguised of initiating a development project at his constituency.

Our investigation shows that Representative Fallah withdrew the money from Montserrado County Development Funds (CDF) account at ECOBANK Liberia.

When this reporter toured Montserrado district #5 last week, not a single project was identify.

Students on the district scholarship program expressed fear that they could be thrown out of school, as     Representative Fallah was yet to pay their tuition.

Sources closed to Representative Fallah told the Analyst during the weekend that his office has submitted a project proposal and a list of scholarship beneficiaries to the office of Montserrado Superintendent   Grace T. Kpaan and was awaiting the disbursement of funds to begin implementation.

Members of the county Legislative Caucus are reported to be dissatisfied about their colleague's attitude.

When contacted via cellular phone yesterday, Representative Fallah confirmed receipt of the funds. According to him, over 500 secondary and tertiary students on the district scholarship scheme benefited from the amount.

"Yes we received US$20,000.00 from Montserrado CDF for the district scholarship program. We have already paid the students school fees and they are in school learning," Representative Fallah told this paper on Sunday.

Superintendent Kpaan is being probe by the Plenary of the House of Representatives on allegation of misdirecting CDF to personal use and other none-developmental issues, while rural Montserrado remains underdevelopment.

The House among other things mandated her to restitute US$50,000.00 unaccounted for and lift an indefinite suspension placed on the Chair of the county Project Management Committee (PMC).

Plenary action was predicated upon a complaint filed by Representative Fallah.

In a communication addressed to House Speaker J. Alex Tyler and read in Plenary a nearly two week ago, the lawmaker prayed his colleagues to summon Superintendent Kpaan to give reason why she should not be held in contempt for refusing to initiate development projects and pay the tuition of scholarship beneficiaries.

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