‘Fake’ Customs Broker On The Run

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Edwin Barclay of Barnersville, who identifies himself as a customs broker, is wanted by the Liberia National Police (LNP) for his reported involvement in forgery and impersonation.

Barclay allegedly duped several individuals of more than US$9,000 and other valuables by pretending to be a member of the Customs Brokers Association of Liberia.

He also reportedly forged an official document of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA)-BIVAC Individual Registration Form issued by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to further dupe the Chief Executive Officer of the NEW VISION Media Publishing Network and African Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies, Josephus M. Gray.

Barclay is allegedly involved in collaborating with criminal gangs, and is accused of falsifying the TIN Accreditation Number of an Individual Registration Form to dupe his victims.

Through impersonation, Barclay was allegedly able to dupe Mr. Gray of over US$800 and absconded with the official Bill of Lading of a Citroen C-5 2006 vehicle purchased and imported from Paris, France, to be used by the management of NEW VISION Media Publishing Network located on 116 Carey Street in central Monrovia.

The fraud came to light when Barclay failed to produce BIVAC and other official government receipts in the amount that was given to him to start the processing of documents for the clearing of the vehicle.

It was during the process of an inquiry on the payment receipts and bank deposit slips that Barclay reportedly disappeared with the vehicle’s original documents. Barclay has not been seen for almost three weeks. A thorough search to locate and arrest him has so far proven unsuccessful.

After it was discovered that Barclay was allegedly engaged in suspicious activities, direct phone contact was made to the Customs Brokers Association of Liberia. Due to the gravity of Barclay’s activities, causing an embarrassment to the Association, it began an immediate investigation.

Subsequently, several of Barclay’s illegal activities were revealed and the Association said he had long been expelled for “unwholesome and unlawful acts.” They described Barclay as “fake, a con-man and an impersonator.” The Association displayed fake acres of land deeds and other documents Barclay used to dupe some foreigners, labeling Barclay as “a criminal who continues to embarrass the Association.”

They displayed bogus land deeds which Barclay allegedly used to dupe one of his victims of US$8,000. Barclay also runs the JAKE Clearing and Forwarding Company as its General Manager.

He is reported to have forged the land deeds by falsifying the signatures of officials of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy. Barclay’s JAKE Clearing Company identification card and several land deeds were confiscated by the Custom Brokers Association.

The Association has cautioned the public not to do any business with Barclay in the name of the Association.

According to information, Barclay is frequently found around the “infamous” World Trade Center on Gurley Street, and sometimes around the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.

Meanwhile, the NEW VISION Media Publishing Network is admonishing the public to inform the nearest police depot if and when they come in contact with Barclay.

Barclay, who is in his late 40s, is about five feet tall.


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