25 February 2013

Liberia: 'Don't Be Corrupt'

Participants at a four-day corporate seminar organized by the Corporate Governance and Forensic Solutions in collaboration with Baker Tilly Liberia have been told that the fight against fraud requires a person of integrity and respect.

The chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) Cllr. Frances Johnson-Allison told the participants to consider their characters and professional ethics when dealing with issues of fraud and criminal investigation.

Cllr. Johnson-Allison said it is prudent for individuals to stand up for principles and have integrity in their pursuit to fight and investigate crimes.

She noted that despite knowledge acquired by Liberians in the fight against crimes, corruption remains high within the country.

She explained that some Liberians are only creative in designing strategy to deplete the country's coffers.

"Character is the decisive factor of anyone; if you lack integrity, you lack everything, what you learned apply it in your place of work," she said.

Cllr. Johnson-Allison said she was overwhelmed to attend a forum where values and principles of integrity are taught.

For his part, Mr. Theo Deconty Joseph said that Liberia lacks honest people and if the country must progress, then dishonest people must be dealt with in keeping with law.

He said participants were taught the methods and techniques in dealing with fraud and corruption.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, Cllr. Joseph Jallah lauded the organizers for the knowledge impacted to them during the seminar. He said it was an eye-opener in their pursuit to fight fraud and financial crimes.

Participants received knowledge on tricks management, introduction to fraud examination and forensic accounting, discovering fraud in corporate financial statements, internal fraud, auditing techniques and techniques for tracing hidden assets, among others.

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