Transport Ministry Dismisses Two For “Economic Sabotage”

abushThe Ministry of Transport has dismissed with immediate effect two of its employees for allegedly engaging in criminal acts.

Charles R.Quinizier, Research Assistant and John D.Bardue of the Inspectorate Division were dismissed Wednesday for ‘theft of funds, forgery and economic sabotage’ against the State and some individuals.

The action was in keeping with the Ministry’s policy of “zero tolerance against employees engaged in fraudulent acts,” according to Deputy Transport Minister Bushuben Keita.

He explained that accused Quinizier was dismissed for taking money from a certain lady and issuing her a fake Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) receipt.

Quinizier, he said, also issued License Plate No. TX-5301, which was not authorized by the Ministry and had been declared stolen.

He noted that Quinizier also took the sum of US$560 from one man to process vehicle registration documents but instead issued documents that were forged and with flag receipts that were also fake.

For Bardue, Minister Keita said he defrauded another man and others of US$1,145 and US$20 respectively for the registration of seven vehicles with government.

He indicated that Bardue also issued two license plates that were never officially issued and declared stolen.

The two dismissed employees have been forwarded to the Liberia National Police for further investigation and subsequent prosecution in keeping with law.

Meanwhile, Transport Ministry is advising the public not to make payments to individuals but rather to the Liberia Revenue Authority and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.

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