Six individuals have been arrested and charged with theft of property in connection with a stolen, blank check-book and a subsequent attempt to steal over US$35,000 from the Ministry of Finance’s operations account at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).
A Ministry of Finance release Thursday, October 31, disclosed that the arrest and subsequent charging of the six individuals is in compliance with recommendations from a thorough investigation conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA) into the stolen blank check heist from the Ministry’s Budget and Finance Section.
The release named Mulbah Zubah Kessele, one of those charged, to have been working with the Budget and Finance Section of the Ministry, the source of the stolen blank check.
Others charged are Stanley N’Saingbe, William Joe, Darlington Johnson, Mathew K. Roberts and Francis Putu Saye. All of those charged except Mr. Mulbah Zubah Kessele, are not employees of the Ministry of Finance.
Authorities of the Ministry of Finance have, with immediate effect, instructed the director of the Budget and Finance Section to take full charge of all checks and withdrawal instruments of the Ministry’s operations account in further compliance with the NSA recommendations.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance has reinstated two of its employees who recently underwent thorough investigations in connection with the stolen blank check. Those reinstated are Benjamin C. Tarbleh Sr. and Wilmot Tarley, all from the Budget and Finance Section of the Ministry. The pair was part of a group of eight individuals who recently underwent investigations for their connection with the stolen check.
They have now been exonerated and subsequently dropped from further investigation.