Ex-Finance Minister, Others Face Prosecution Soon

The economic sabotage case involving the former Finance Minister in the erstwhile National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) and others has been placed on the court docket for prosecution.Those expected to appear before Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia to ascertain their plea of guilty or not guilty, are Lusinee F. Kamara, Tugbeh N. Doe, PyneWallo, Albert E. N. Quaye and Tapple E. Doe.

Also expected to appear is David N. Zarlee, former Director of the Bureau of Budget in the defunct NTGL. The indictment, which placed the within named defendants under the jurisdiction of the court, substantially alleged that Kamara and other co-defendants between the months of October, 2003 and January 2006 without any color of right and the fear of God, and in violation of, disobedience and abuse of the statutory laws of Liberia, and by virtue of and in utter disregard for, allegedly stole a total sum of US$3,651,486.40 and L$11,640,000 from the Government of Liberia (GOL).

The 43-count indictment stated that at the time, Lusinee F. Kamara served as Minister of Finance, Tugbeh N. Doe, Deputy Finance Minister for Administration, PyneWallo, Deputy Finance Minister for Expenditure and Debt Management, Albert E. N. Quaye, Chief of the Anti-Fraud Unit and Tapple Doe, a former lawmaker of the ex-National Transitional Legislative Assembly (NTLA).

The indictment revealed that with criminal, diabolical, malicious, wicked, and willful intent, defendant Kamara and others individually, as well as through conspiracy scheme, jointly and with each other to deprive the GOL of its assets, finances, funds, revenues, and the public resources, while serving  in the public and governmental capacities, during the reign of the NTGL.

Count-one of the indictment disclosed that Kamara, contrary to the advice of the technicians that a 725 KVA Generator be secured for electrifying the Ministry of Finance at a cost of US$101,150, purported to purchase a smaller 440KVA VolvoPenta Generator for the amount of US$150,000, when in fact the cost and value of said 440 KVA Volvo Penta Generator on the Liberian Market did not exceed US$45,000, thereby criminally conspiring, conniving and colluding, the said did use, steal and convert the difference of US$105,000 to his personal use and benefit at the detriment of the Republic.

Count-two stated that in furtherance of defendant Kamara criminal and diabolical schemes to defraud the GOL of its revenues and resources, allegedly instructed the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to make payment of US$72,000 under the pretext that said money was used for the repair of the 440 KVAPenta Generator and an elevator.

The payment, according to the court record, was done on September 29, 2005 on check #0029612. When the defendant was asked during investigation, according to the indictment, he failed to account for the US$72, 000, thereby depriving the Government of its funds to the detriment of the Republic and to the illegal and criminal benefit of the defendant and others.

The record also showed that on July 28, 2004, Kamara and others allegedly authorized the Governor of CBL through letter payment scheme, reference NTGL/MF/2-LFKymj/2099/04, withdrew US$100,000 and US$21,000 respectively, payable to them through one Tenneh Fahnbulleh, without the preparations of any voucher, or give account of how the money was expended.

On June 29 and August 12, 2004, defendant Kamara and Wallo were said to have again through letter payment pursued by them, bearing reference # NTGL/MF/21/LFK/ymj2032/04 and NTGL/MF/2-1/LFKymj/2126/04, addressed to the CBL Governor, authorized the payment of US$20,000 and US$25,000 to Mrs. Roberta Francis, Special Assistant to the Deputy Finance Minister for Administration, Tugbeh Doe for no stated reason, the indictment alleged.

Dissecting the indictment, it stated that through the fraudulent scheme designed by Tugbeh Doe to steal from the Government of Liberia, allegedly instructed and authorized the payments of US$182,366.72 to two furniture companies [Furniture and Equipment Company], owed by defendant Kamara for goods and services which was never delivered.

On March 12, 2004, Defendant Kamara, acting with Tugbeh Doe, by the criminal letter payment scheme, allegedly instructed the CBL to payment from GOL’s account #02205/3000012/12, an amount of US$175,000 to Kamara, fraudulently representing amount to be for Executive Action Fund (EAF), which according to the indictment, was never utilized for such purpose, but was kept and remained in the possession of the defendants.

On June 1, 2004, defendant Kamara connived with co-defendant Wallo, allegedly made a payment of US$30,000 to Roberta Francis for what was being considered as ‘urgent security matters’, which according to the indictment, no record to show how the money was used. Meanwhile, the accused have since denied the charges levied against them. 

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