— For issuing fake vehicle registration and insurance documents to Palm Insurance Corporation client
Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have arrested two employees of the Ministry of Transport for allegedly issuing a fake vehicle registration and insurance documents to a client of the Palm Insurance Corporation.
Francis Flomo and Calvin Passawe were allegedly caught giving fake insurance and vehicle documents to Madam Dorothy Kollie, a client of Palm Insurance Corporation.
The two suspected criminals were nabbed over the weekend by officers of the Liberian National Police at the Ministry, while allegedly attempting to dupe another client.
They were detained at the Slipway Depot over the weekend in Monrovia to be further transferred to the court.
Madam Venice Dean, Chief Executive Officer of Palm Insurance Corporation, disclosed to reporters that some of the items caught with the suspects include, copies of various insurance companies’ receipts, stickers, bankbook copies and stamps, among others.
They were allegedly attempting to give Madam Kollie fake insurance and vehicle registration document after she had gone to the Ministry of Transport to process her documents.
Madam Dean said the act was not the first of its kind towards the Corporation. She said her institution has been victimized on several occasions over the years.
She pointed fingers at some employees at the Ministry of Transport for allegedly being associated with such an act.
Madam Dean further disclosed: “Francis Flomo, when arrested, was seen with the amount of US$1,000 in his pocket plus several bank deposit slips owned by banking institutions in the country and insurance companies’ documents.”
She at the same time noted that the actions of some employees of the Ministry of Transport are making the government of Liberia and insurance companies to lose thousands of dollars in revenue. According to her, a series of complaints have been filed to the Ministry of Transport but the act is yet to be curtailed.
“Can you imagine, those criminals at the Ministry of Transport have every document for every institution in the country?” Dean said.
“We have changed our documents and features, but those guys always have faked documents and issuing them to vehicle owners in the country.
She said Flomo and his colleague Passawe will be taken to court for their alleged ‘fraudulent acts’ which she said had created losses for the institution.
At the same time, Madam Dean stated that her institution has been taken to court by clients on several occasions whenever a situation involving such a dubious act occurred.
Dean then expressed frustration over the alleged act, emphasizing the need for it to be curtailed.
Dorothy Kollie, the victim, explained that Francis Flomo asked her to pay the amount of US$175 for the vehicle registration and the insurance documents, but she later realized that the documents were not authentic after receiving them.
“Based upon that, I decided to go to Palm Insurance to find out whether they have someone stationed at the Ministry of Transport processing and giving their insurance documents, and it was at this point the insurance company told me that they do not have any branch elsewhere in Monrovia,” Madam Kollie asserted.
“Based upon the information, it was how we contacted the LNP to have the two guys arrested and detained at the Slip Way Police Deport, in central Monrovia.”
When contacted on the allegation, the Ministry of Transport Human Resource Director, Madam Hannah Sheriff, confirmed that both Francis Flomo and Calvin Passawe are in the employ of the Ministry.
She advised that Palm Insurance Corporation do an official communication to the Ministry for appropriate action to be taken against those employees involved.
Meanwhile, Flomo and Passawe have refused to speak to this paper on grounds that their lawyers told them not to speak to any journalists or media institutions.