More than two years after he was found guilty of stealing hundreds of thousands of United States dollars, the former Chairman and Commissioner of Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) has been indicted again, this time for allegedly stealing US$19,676.25.
Dr. Albert Bropleh, together with Madison Turkpah and Joseph Dortu, General Manager of the Goderich Construction Company have been charged with the commission of the crimes of economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy and violation of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), competitive bidding process by the government.
Unfortunately for them, the Criminal Court ‘C,’ where they are expected to stand trial has issued an order to have the three individuals arrested immediately, though the crimes for which they are charged are offences eligible for bail.
According to the indictment, prepared by the Grand Jury for Montserrado County, the defendants on September 29, 2008, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which agreement allegedly authorized the company to procure and install a Closed Circuit Television (CCT) and access control system, including a two year parts and warranty package, at the LTA’s office at the Methodist Compound on 12th Street in Monrovia, at a total cost of US$19,676.25.
The document further alleges that the defendants’ action was a total violation of the required process and procedures of the PPCC Act, which calls for a competitive bidding to select the company for the project.
But, with criminal intent, the court’s record claimed, defendant Bropleh, single-handedly selected the company and awarded the CCT procurement, installation and access control contract, which it alleges, is contrary to the PPCC Act.
Further in the indictment, co-defendant Bropleh told his colleagues that he had the capacity to procure and install the CCT and access control system at the LTA’s office.
Based on the MOU, defendant Dortu submitted an invoice to LTA, dated September 24, 2008, in the amount of US$10,862.50, representing 50 percent payment which he detailed for equipment and specifications that he would use for the construction of the CCT, and it was paid to him.
According to the record, 10 days after Dortu received his 50 percent payment, and being fully aware that he had not procured or installed the CCT and access control system, he made an additional request, dated October 6, to the LTA for another 40 percent payment in the amount of US$8,745.00, which amount co-defendant Bropleh paid in the presence of Turkpah.