17 November 2017

Liberia: Auditor Paul Siaffa Cleared of Criminal Solicitation Charges

Monrovia — The Administration of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has cleared one of its three auditors for his reported involvement in soliciting bribe to compromise taxes in millions of dollars.

Mr. Paul H. F. Siaffa of the Large Tax Audit Division was cleared of solicitation of bribe or "cold water" following an investigation conducted by the LRA Professional Ethics Division (PED).

Mr. Siaffa, along with two other auditors, was arrested by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) Enforcement Unit in Monrovia on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 for alleged extortion and criminal solicitation to reduce the tax liability of US$5M of a business entity for a bribe of US$12,000.

In a September 6, 2017 Letter of Clearance, the LRA, through the Human Resources Division, informed Mr. Siaffa that the July 25, 2017 report from investigation conducted by the PED had cleared him of all allegations, requesting him to return to work on September 11, 2017.

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