Matilda Parker, Paelay to Answer to Charges Today

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Suspended National Port Authority (NPA) managing director, Matilda Parker, and her comptroller, Christiana Kpabar Paelay, are to appear before Criminal Court “C” today for the formal reading of their criminal charges.

They will be arraigned without the other codefendant, Deneah M. Flomo, who state lawyers claim is the main person who committed the crime.

The exclusion of Flomo was based on a request filed by the defense team for him not to be tried along with Parker and Paelay which was granted by presiding Judge Blamo Dixon.

The indictment accused Parker and her colleagues of stealing US$800,000 from the NPA – for which they were charged with economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and theft of property.

In a summary, prosecutors alleged that codefendants Parker and Paelay, by awarding two sole source contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) to Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise on behalf of the NPA for the removal of wrecks from the port of Greenville, Sinoe County, and the provision of security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, and Greenville, caused the state to lose US$ 800,000 (the respective price tags of US$500,000 and US$300,000 per contract).

It is recorded in the indictment that the codefendants made fraudulent payments of funds from the accounts of the NPA to codefendant Deneah M. Flomo for their personal use and benefits.

The state will attempt to show that the codefendants actually committed the act, based on an alleged confession made by Flomo.

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