“Revenue Thieves” Sent To Court For Tax Fraud,Criminal Facilitation

Joe Williams, the mastermind of the criminal deed was recently nabbed

Four persons have been charged and sent to court for forgery, money laundering, criminal facilitation and fraud on the internal revenue of Liberia, after they were apprehended by the Major Crime Investigation Department of the Liberia National Police and investigators of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).

Three of the defendants, Emmanuel P. Quoi, Pewee Sonie Flomo and Maxwell S. Toby were earlier arrested by police in collaboration the LRA team, while the mastermind, Joe Williams, was recently nabbed.

The four defendants are facing trial for their complicities in a criminal syndicate centering on the altering of manger’s checks in the combined amount of over US$11,000: (US$4,924 as Customs Duty for CICA Motors Liberia and US$ 6,138 owned by IBI-LASS as taxes for October 2016).

Defendants Quoi, Flomo and Toby were involved in altering an International Bank Liberia Manger’s check of US$ 6,138 dollars owned by IBI-LASSas taxes, while Pewee Sonie Flomo diverted to another account the US$4,924 intended to be paid as Customs Duty for CICA Motors Liberia.

According to police investigation, the four suspects redirected the intent of the IBI-LASS paymentsand transferred the amount to their personal bank account of W. Joe General Business Center’s account in the name of Joe William by means offering the signature of USAID-LASS Chief of Party Philip Pleiwn.

The defendants have admitted to the commission of the crime of money laundering and Fraud on the internal revenue of Liberia.

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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.