6 September 2017

Liberia: Senator Taylor Rubbishes Embezzlement Claims

Bong County Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, has described as fake information that she collected US$10,000 from MNG-Gold, a mining company in Bong County, which she allegedly diverted to her personal use.

Speaking to legislative reporters yesterday, the Bong County Senator who also serves as running mate of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), said the report has no truth.

Explaining the transaction, she said on March 16, 2016 she officially wrote a letter, not an email, to the management of MNG-Gold, to help with US$10,000 to enable county officials pay fees of some scholarship students at the Bong County Technical College in Bong County.

In a letter to the college, Senator Taylor said she notified the company that as per her communication on November 25, 2015, craving the company to help with US$10,000 to help pay the fees of several students.

"... I among other things enclosed relevant details of the bank account of the Bong Technical College to ensure transparent and accountable transition. The account details then and now is Account Title: Bong Technical College, Bank: Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), Account# 002USD2188130381, Swift Code, LBDELRLM," she wrote.

She said instead of depositing the money into the college account, the company reportedly said it transferred the money into the Halifax (a trading name of the Scotland bank), with the title JEWEL HOWARD TAYLOR, account #12198967, something Senator Taylor said is fake on grounds that she don't own said account.

She indicated that the claims are politically motivated and very hard to believe owing to the fact that she provided the official account of the college for the transaction.

The CDC vice standard bearer described the document as fake pieces of papers circulating in the public, linking her to instructing the company to do the transfer in foreign account.

"All of the communications sent to the company were officially printed on papers and not email exchanges," she added.

"I have being a senator for 12 years and if you find out how many money I spent in financial aid, it will shock you to hear this rubbish that I will collect money from MNG Gold. They need to come out with something more," she said.

She further disclosed that the company is not paying social development funds to the county which was creating bad feelings in the minds of citizens of Bong County.

"So for someone to raise some US$10,000 issue that Senator Taylor give one account and say you must transfer it in some foreign country somewhere is farfetched. Someone is trying a game," she emphasized.

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