LRA Refutes Media Reports On “Millions Of Taxpayers’ Money Missing at CBL”

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LRA Comissioner-General, Thomas Doe Nah

The Commissioner-General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Thomas Doe Nah, has taken serious exception to media reports indicating that huge sums of paid taxes have not been reflected in the government’s consolidated revenue account.

Rebuking the report with information about the LRA’s Transitory Accounts Review, Commissioner-General Nah indicated that the memo on which the publication was based was ‘doctored’ and did not emanate from the LRA.

In his rebuttal, the LRA boss said, “It hurts me when the media, for reasons best known to themselves, try to insinuate or try to twist activities of the LRA to focus on the death of our two falling colleagues. But what is even more serious is for a media entity like Frontpage Africa who is expected to value integrity and report truthfulness to get involved in falsification of documents to meet their own selfish aim.”

Commissioner-General Nah, in a furious mood on November 17 at a special MICAT press briefing, said the recent story published by a local media outlet was also intended to tarnish the reputation of the CBL because they insinuated that the bank was stealing tax money.

It can be recalled that in the Monday, November 16, 2020 edition of the Frontpage Africa newspaper, the story captioned, “Liberia: Millions Of Taxpayers’ Money Missing at Central Bank of Liberia Auditors Discovered” was published. The story said that an audit discovered over the three-year period US$17,580,280.37 and L$2,346,657,844 of taxes paid into transitory accounts at various commercial banks were not remitted to the consolidated general account at the Central Bank of Liberia.

The publication indicates that for the year 2017, revenue transactions amounting to US$2,043,813.75 and LD$327,130,712.16 on commercial banks’ statements were not captured in the 2017 CBL swift confirmation reports and therefore not reflected in the government’s Consolidated General Revenue Account.

According to LRA Commissioner-General Thomas Doe Nah, the memo published by Frontpage Africa (right) is a doctored version of the original LRA version (left).

In 2018 also, revenue transactions amounting to US$8,357,651.67 and LD$1,131,749,625.77 on commercial banks’ statements were not captured in the 2018 CBL swift confirmation reports and therefore not reflected in the government’s CGRA.

It further noted that in 2019, revenue transactions amounting to US$14,700,701.70 and LD$887,777,506.07 on commercial banks’ statements were not captured in the 2019 CBL swift confirmation reports and therefore not reflected in GOL’s CGRA.

Swift confirmation report is a confirmation report prepared by the beneficiary bank (CBL in this case) that funds have reached the beneficiary account.

In derogatory comments to media practitioners, Commissioner Nah stressed: “We are disappointed and feel injured by the report which has the tendency to mislead the public and undermine our role as the principal collector of taxes and administrator of the Revenue Code. We encourage media outlets to verify or authenticate sources of information or documents purporting to be products of the LRA.”

However, the LRA boss, who did not admit whether or not money was missing, stressed that the story was actually meant to tarnish his reputation and hard-earned character built over the years during his role as a civil society actor in Liberia.

Commissioner-General Nah disclosed that Liberia as a country can no longer survive on a US$500 million budget, stressing, “We need to move to a billion, but let’s say to you that, despite all our desire to transform our country leaving civil society and the private sector to contribute, there are people bent on tarnishing our reputation and undermining the efforts of the government. However, Commissioner Nah added that despite the smear campaign to discredit the government they are still optimistic about collecting revenues to ensure that civil servants and other workers are paid.

8 COMMENTS

  1. The LRA boss said nothing sensible but blah, blah, blah and blah. He did not refute the allegations of FrontPage Africa story. To me, he confirmed the story in FPA was true. He’s a thief and a murderer whose aim is to defend and protect dummy George Weah, Samuel Tweah and Nathaniel McGill

  2. What do you expect this rogue to say, say the report is correct? He is one of the rogues being accused so he has to defend himself like all rogues do who stand to be accused of stealing.

  3. This Thomas Doe Nah goon is nothing but an idiot hustling his way in the criminal empire. All this bitch wants is his fat share of the cake they continue to exploit. Hes an ass licker and wont stop at anything less to see his personal interest as key priority compare to the national interest of a country he claimed to want to serve with all his might’s. Thomas Nah is a shame , a disgrace, a criminal , a killer and an idiot who sole his colleagues to maintain good relations with his so-called Bosses.

    Thomas Nah is fake and useless bitch who bluff with an empty head filled with nothing but warm air circulating. Who will take this idiot serious by the way, absolutely, no serious counterpart of government will take this idiot serious. Hes a criminal like his partners in crimes’ like nat McGill, Sam Tweah and Bill Towaway.

  4. Thomas d. nah masterminded the elimination of his fellow colleagues and that’s the fact. He cannot escape the reality. We know for fact he called Albert Peters home for work purpose and they used Albert’s phone to trap Gifty and murdered them. Thomas Doe was one of the very first persons on the scene after Bill tiklo and Belcharmie dropped off their victims in one of their cars on the broad street on that faithful morning. Nah was there acting as if he was surprised and only to realize, this fake dude was in the main killer who escorted the lifeless bodies of his victims to where they were dropped off by their killers . Nah did not also stop there, he later escorted the bodies to the JFK and continued to the St. Moses funeral parlous to finished them. Wicked fellow.

    The ghosts of your victims will continue to pursue you and your criminal collaborators. The secret has been exposed. the reasons for killing you colleagues just to maintain your job with this idiot of a leader call Weah.

  5. see the guilt in his face. He will go down in history as a murderer of his colleagues he claimed to have loved so dearly. useless commissioner General calling himself Harvard scholar. are u serious? Harvard scholar turned murderer in seconds . Harvard don’t train criminals and murderers. We will send the information of your participation to the school admission board to review ur degree. what a killer.

  6. Thomas Doe Nah the blood of Peters and Gifty are on you and your children’s head. Your grandchildren will be motherless and fatherless just like you took part in leaving Albert and Gifty children fatherless and motherless. The money you are stealing may it never benefit you, your wife and your children. It is cursed and so is the rest of your life. You and everybody that took part in murdering innocent people.

    • Thomas Doe Nah will rot in hell with his entire family members. Unless this idiot hands are not in the blood of Albert Peters, Gifty Lamas and George Fahnbotu, he will died a rough death and his children will suffer similar manner with his wife. they will truly suffer before dying and rot in hell. This guy is very wicked. he lured his colleagues in the wicked hands of sam tweah, nat McGill, bill towaway and dull weah. Kogee, the errand boy, and his entire family will equally suffer the same faith the did to their victims.

  7. If this idiot got rumors, he should read these comments and openly confess his involvement to the brutal murdered of his colleagues and ask for forgiveness to their families. This foolish bragger who has earned himself championship for the murdering of his fellow work mates at the LRA, will burn to arches with his entire family. sorry the innocent children were not part of his decision to render judgement on his colleagues lives, but they will equally suffer the same faith for the crime committed by their wicked father.

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