LACC Clears Woods in ‘Kickback’ Investigation

Woods, prior to his suspension, served as Chief of Staff and Interim Vice President for Administration

The Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has cleared Johnny C. Woods, Jr, the liaison officer and special assistant to the president of the William V. S. Tubman University in Maryland County, of taking ‘kickbacks.’

According to a letter in the possession of the Daily Observer, the WVST-U president informed Woods that the LACC has concluded its findings on the alleged ‘kickback scheme’ at the university “of which you were implicated and therefore, I am pleased to inform you that LACC has cleared you of the allegations.”

Dr. Wonkeryor said, “You are hereby reinstated as chief of office staff and board liaison officer effective immediately. Accordingly, all accrued wages due you for the period of your suspension will be paid.”

Speaking to Woods over the weekend via mobile phone, he said “I am grateful for the fact that I can receive a letter from the university reinstating me after being investigated by LACC. I have worked for the university for over nine years and feel delighted to continue to work for the university. In terms of my future, I will make that decision in time to come.”

Mr. Woods was suspended on August 19 by the president of the university, Dr. Edward L. Wonkeryor, pending the outcome of the investigation.

However, following the outcome of the investigation, Woods was later served with an additional suspension by the university’s president to allow the LACC to probe into the matter.

According to Woods, prior to his suspension, he served as chief of staff and interim vice president for administration.

Woods, who holds a Master’s degree in Education from Uganda’s famous Makerere University, added that “I was in my first semester at Walden University’s doctoral program in educational leadership when I got suspended.”

Alvin Worzi is a Liberian journalist with over seven years of professional experience. For the past few years, he has been engaged in covering land issues, security, education, gender related issues, politics, and agriculture. Mr. Worzi is currently the Assistant Secretary General of the Executive Mansion Press Corps (conglomeration of reporters assigned at the Executive Mansion). Mr. Worzi is a member of the Press Union of Liberia.


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