Bong County Flag
Police Arrest 5 Over Social Cash Transfer Scheme
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, September 12, ( LINA) - Police in Gbanga, Bong County have arrested five persons for allegedly extorting L$200 each from over 600 persons in the county under the false pretence of registering them in the Social Cash Transfer Program.
Those arrested by police over the weekend included four males and one female for allegedly extorting the money from residents of the county.
The alleged imposters led by one Madam Theresa S. Harris admitted to committing the crime, but said Bong County authorities, including Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy were informed, an allegation the office of the Superintendent has rubbished.
Some of those affected by the syndicate told the Liberia News Agency (LINA) that the alleged imposters informed them that they were going to lobby for them at the Gender Ministry to be enlisted as beneficiaries under a cash transfer arrangement.
The victims, some of whom are Ebola survivors and old people, said they want government to ensure that their monies are retrieved from the perpetrators and returned to them.
The social cash transfer program, which was previously funded by the European Union with technical support from UNICEF and implemented by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, is now being funded by the World Bank.
It has supported over 6,700 labor-constrained, ultra-poor and Ebola-affected households.
The program, which has been implemented in six counties, also seeks to support families with no able-bodied household member in the age range of 19-64 and not fit for work.