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Criminal org. to divert Gov. money uncovered

Edward Tamba///Maximilian Kasseh
Lee Taylor of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA)
Lee Taylor of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA)

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Liberian Revenue Authority (LRA), in collaboration with the Liberia National Police (LNP), has discovered a criminal syndicate organized to divert government’s revenue to personal purposes.

The LRA release issued Monday, May 13, 2019, is quoted as identifying one of its staff members, Lee Taylor, as one of the member’s pf the syndicate and is currently in police custody helping with the investigations.

The release said Taylor fled the Country to Ghana after the act was discovered, and has since been arrested and extradited to Liberia.

The release quoted the LRA as saying preliminary investigations indicate that Lee and his accomplices established an account at Access Bank Liberia, Ltd, and deposited several managers’ checks issued by the United Bank of Africa (UBA).

The managers’ checks destined for the Government of Liberia consolidated account were deposited in an account with Access Bank, and some were reportedly cleared.

According to the release, the criminal account currently containing about 400,000 United States Dollars, has been frozen.


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