3 MOE Fraudsters Appear in Court

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Three persons who have been allegedly withdrawing money from the account of the Ministry of Education (MOE) at Global Bank using a fake employee name, Samuel Brown, yesterday appeared at the Monrovia City Court.

Defendants Harris V. Koken, a security supervisor at the MOE together with Alphonso Dash Wilson, an employee at the Ministry of Finance (MOF), and another man identified as Jerome Weah have been charged with multiple crimes, which include; economic sabotage, forgery and impersonating.

The three men allegedly withdrew an amount of LD73,560 from the bank before police apprehended them based on a complaint by former Education Minister Etmonia D. Tarpeh.

The scheme was discovered from October 2014 to April 2015, according to police.

Defendant Koken was released yesterday, after his legal team posted bail. He is to appear whenever his case is ready.

As for defendants Wilson and Weah they were forwarded to the Monrovia Central Prison.

The facts, according to police, are that defendant Jerome Weah, posed as a staff of the ministry, with the name Samuel Brown, assigned as an instructor at the Oluremi Tinubo Public School.

Samuel Brown also bears payroll number 21-02-211-0162, with a monthly salary of LD12,381.

It was the name that Weah used and managed to open the account at Global Bank, where they withdrew the LD73,560.

Samuel Brown was one of several names recommended by the security department of the ministry for replacement arising from a communication to that effect dated February 9, 2015, police claimed.

Police said, Weah claimed that his older brother, defendant Wilson, who is an employee of the Ministry of Finance, asked him to use the name Samuel Brown to open the account.

The two defendants with the help of third defendant, Koken duplicated the ministry’s identity card, which he gave to Wilson, who filled it with the name Samuel Brown, then gave the fake identity card to Weah.

Defendant Weah claimed that it was the MOE security supervisor who took him to the bank in 2014 with a check valued at LD12,250 for encashment, police allege.

The record further quoted defendant Weah as saying, “the check was written in Samuel Brown’s name before Harris showed me how to write the signature S.B, which I used to withdraw the money for the first time.”

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