Fake Custom Broker Arrested…Arraigns in Court on Monday; Media Group Praises Police Chief

Edwin Barclay, the alleged fake broker
Edwin Barclay, the alleged fake broker

A fake custom broker, Edwin V. Barclay, a residence of Barnersville Road who identifies himself as a Member of the Custom Brokers Association of Liberia was arrested by two vigilant officers  of Liberia National Police Wednesday morning about 8:45 on Gurley Street adjacent the Ministry of Commerce and Industry following a criminal complaints against him.

Barclay who is in his late 40s, about Five Feet tall has been on run since November 2016. He is expected to be arraigned in court at the Temple of Justice on Monday, February 13 to answer to several charges including theft.

Barclay’s arrests followed a criminal complaints filed against him at the Office of Police Commissioner, Col.  Gregory Coleman, on 2nd  December 2016 by the Chief Executive Officer of the NEW VISION Media Publishing Network, Josephus M. Gray who Edwin V. Barclay duped of US$800.00. The amount was a part payment intended to clear the victim’s vehicle from the Freeport of Monrovia.

Barclay also absconded with the official Bill of landing of his 2003 Citroen C-5 vehicle purchased and imported from Paris, France for use of the Management of NEW VISION Media Publishing Network in Monrovia. The French well-built vehicle valued 49,000 Euros (US$55,000).

Edwin Barclay
Edwin Barclay

Besides the money and vehicle document, Barclay also took away the victim photo copy of his Official passport, Ordinary driver license and two passport size photos; which Gray said worries him a lot on grounds that Barclay could use these vital identities for unknown acts which he said might criminate him and ruin his hard earned admired reputation . He is asking the public to be on the alert.

He explained that since Barclay escaped with the official Bill of landing, it was very difficult to clear, as a result the vehicle has to overstay at the port for almost two months before being cleared on 13th January 2017, resulting to extra payment. The vehicle arrived 17th November 2016.

The NEW VISION Media Publishing Network has lauded Liberia National Police under the leadership of Police Commissioner Gregory Coleman for the arrest of Barclay which it said is in the supreme interests of state and people of Liberia which will safe several other Liberians and foreign residents from being victimized by Barclay’s scandalous activities.

Also, the victim has extolled the Vice President of the Custom Brokers Association of Liberia, Mr. Harry Toe Kleche for being so gracious and the professional leadership role exhibited in the process of clearing his vehicle from the Freeport of Monrovia.

The custom brokers in the country are legitimately licensed by Custom Brokers Association of Liberia and to functions in straight adherence to the Association rules and laws of Liberia. The custom brokers, among others inspect paperwork provided by importers and to clear merchandise for delivery to the importers or vendors of items or goods including vehicles, 20 ft or 40ft containers and other materials.

In order to avoid duping government of its needed revenues, the Liberian Revenue Authority (LRA) and other operatives of government provide a thorough check on the custom brokers during the clearing of goods from the Freeport of Monrovia.

While complaints against insincere customer brokers are filed at the headquarters of the Association where such complaints are probed into by the Association head of Grievances and the necessary actions are instituted; the Association has been very proactive in professional addressing complaints.

Edwin V. Barclay circumvent the legal customs process by forging an official document of Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Individual Registration Form to further perpetual his unwholesome acts to dupe his victim. The form is issued to importers to clear merchandise from the port.

In an official letter of complaint dated December 2, 2016 addressed to Police Commissioner, Col.  Gregory Coleman, signed for by Victor S. Kermokai, the victim also revealed how Barclay under a deception criminally duped him and absconded with his essential documents and identifications.

According to the victim, Barclay’s scheme came to light when he (Barclay) failed to produce official receipts indicating payments of amounts to BAVIC and other government agencies (or operatives) that could have allowed him to immediately start the processing of documents for the clearing of the vehicle.

It was in the process of an inquiry for the payment receipts and bank deposits slips that Edwin V. Barclay sudden disappeared with the vehicle original documents and bill of landing from NEW VISION Media Publishing Network’s main office on Carey Street in November 2016. Since then Barclay was nowhere to be found on Wednesday morning.

Four days after his sudden disappearing in November, Barclay dropped photocopies of the vehicle’s documents and other documents falsified at EMMAN Internet Café at 116th Carey Street which were delivered to the victim on November 24 by a lady at the cafe. He forged an official document of Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Individual Registration Form purportedly issued to importers at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to further perpetual his unwholesome acts to dupe me.

In order to circumvent the legal custom process, Barclay forged LRA BIVAC payment documents and further falsified the Tin Accreditation Number of an Individual Registration Form in furtherance of his scam to dupe his victim. After it was discovered that Edwin Barclay was engaged in a suspicious activities, direct phone contact was made with the president of the Custom Broker Association of Liberia.

Due to the gravity of Barclay’s scam an activity which continues to embarrass the Association, the custom boss requested for a direct representations to the Bushrod Island Headquarters of the Custom Broker Association to meet his deputy-the vice president for an immediate probe.

While the victim was at the Custom Brokers head office, the Association’s vice president referred the victim to the Association’s Grievance Board Chairman, Mr. Young who cataloged Barclay’s unwholesome activities. He described Barclay as a fake custom broker. The Association’s Grievance Board Chairman displayed fake acres of deed and other documents Barclay used to dupe some white folks, stating that Barclay is not a member of the Association.

In a pensive mood, the Association Grievance Board Chairman noted: I thought that someone good business you came over here, do you give Barclay money, he asked. He continued: If you do, I am sorry for you, Barclay has duped you; he is not a member of our Association, saying, “Does he show you his Official Custom Broker ID to authenticate that he is a legitimate Member of this noble organization, he asked.

He then displayed Barclay’s dubious company-the JAKE Clearing Company’s identification card and fake deed for acres are confiscated by the Custom Broker Association of Liberia. The Grievance Board Chairman has cautioned the victim and the public against doing any business with Edwin V. Barclay in the name of the Association.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.