28 February 2013

Liberia: LACC Recommends Prosecution for Former GSA Boss, Others

The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has recommended to the Ministry of Justice that the former Director of the General Services Agency (GSA), Mr. Willard Russell along with two others, be charged and prosecuted for acts of corruption.

According to a statement posted on the LACC website ww.lacc.gov.lr those to be charged and prosecuted along with Mr. Russell are Messrs. Jonathan J. Geegbae, Director of the Debt Management Unit at the Ministry of Finance and Vinton Chenoweth, Analyst, also of the Debt Management Unit of the Ministry of Finance.

The statement said Mr. Russell is charged for violation of Sub Chapter F, Section 15.80 of the Penal Code of Liberia for knowingly conspiring and colluding to defraud the Government of Liberia by vouching for two bogus claimants as property owners allegedly entitled to payment for properties said to be leased to the Government.

Messrs. Jonathan J. Geegbae and Vinton Chenoweth are charged for tampering with public records by inflating the listing of the debt claimants from thirty two to thirty four. David Gbormie and Valerie Hall, the bogus claimants were claiming US$223,000.00 and US$323,383.00, respectively.

This matter was referred to the LACC for investigation by the former Minister of Finance, Mr. Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan following the vetting by a Ghanaian auditing firm (KPMG), which put the legitimate claimants at thirty two.

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