Liberian Bishop, Two Others Arrested For Theft of Property

church(LINA) – Bishop Manaseh Conto of the International Mission for Today Church located in Clara Town and two others have been indicted for theft of property and misapplication of entrusted property valued at US$155,930.

Bishop Conto, Steven F. Kettor and one Smith to be identified were recently indicted by the Government of Liberia for allegedly duping the Korea Trading Corporation Liberia Limited which sells and rents vehicles.

The indicted men were employed with Korea Trading Corporation Liberia Limited.

The indictment stated that during the Ebola crisis in Liberia, Mr. Hung Choi, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, left the country for South Korea, leaving Bishop Conto and the two others in charge of the company with thirty-one vehicles from July 2014 up to February 2015 to run the company on his behalf.

The indictment further stated that during his stewardship as general manager of the company, the Bishop along with the two others commercialized fourteen of the vehicles and ran seven Sedans, five buses and two jeeps for commercial transport purposes.

The indictment alleged that the Bishop along with the two others entered into vehicle rental contract with the World Food Program valued at US$18,445 monthly for five months from October 2014 to January 12 and up to March 2015 in the name of SACS group.

They received payment through Korea Trading Corporation ECOBANK account, and the corporation only received US$31,320, leaving a balance of US$60,905 unaccounted for.

Bishop Conto was Wednesday brought before Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice based upon a writ of arrest issued against him.

Bishop Conto will be incarcerated at the Monrovia Central Prison if he does not secure a valid criminal appearance bond.

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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.