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LRA Files US$1.7m Lawsuit Against 9 Suspected Criminals
By Robert Dixon, LINA
MONROVIA, September 8 (LINA) -The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has filed a US$ 1.7 million lawsuit against nine Liberians for counterfeiting the official receipt of the LRA.
They include Ms.Kpanah Allen of the Ministry of Transport, Charles Fayomboe and three others only identified as Dentor, Parker, and Konah.
They have being arrested and are currently detained at the Monrovia Central Prison awaiting prosecution, while Theo Wallace, Willam Kollie, Peter Weah of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and another person only identified as Tarries, are on the run.
This was disclosed at a news conference held at the LRA office Monday by7 three officials of the LRA, Sumo Kalaplee, Assistant Commissioner for Professional Ethics; Sam George, Chief Security Investigator and Counselor Max Duncan, Chief Legal Counsel of the LRA.
They said the discovery of the criminal syndicate followed two months of undercover investigation that culminated in the arrest of the five suspects on September 4 by the LRA and the Liberia National Police (LNP) Major Crime Unit.
According to the LRA officials, the five suspects have been charged with Counterfeiting, Economic Sabotage, Forgery, Conspiracy and Criminal Facilitation.
Cllr. Duncan appealed to the public to help the LRA track down anyone or group involved in counterfeiting the official receipt of the Authority, stressing that “this ugly behavior is causing government to lose millions of dollars in taxes."