Ramson George, principal of Elder John Massey Junior High School, has been fined US$10,000 by the Civil Law Court, at the Temple of Justice.
George was held liable (guilty) of forging the signature the late Bishop Philip Teah, to prepare a 25-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to run the affairs of the Elder John Massey Junior High School.
The court also cancelled the fraudulent agreement and subsequently returned the school’s ownership to the Calvary Pentecostal Redemption Church.
Principal George is the brain behind the preparation of the fraudulent agreement between the school and the church, the court said.
The church’s school is situated in the Logan Town Community in Monrovia.
Confirming their unanimous verdict on Wednesday, October 22, Judge Emery Paye declared that the “unanimous guilty verdict of the jury panel is hereby confirmed and affirmed. Defendant Ramson W. George is also fined US$10,000 and is authorized to immediately return the school to its legitimate owner, the Calvary Pentecostal Redemption Church.”
The document allegedly prepared by the church and probated on May 27, 2004, at the Monthly and Probate Court for Montserrado County and copied to the Daily Observer, carried the signatures of David Sieh, chairman, school’s board, Ramson W. George, principal, T. Augustine Nyenswah, vice principal and H. Slewion Forh, registrar.
David Sieh, whose name appeared on the fraudulent agreement, as chairman of the school’s board, is believed to be a relative of the Bishop Philip Teah, founder of the Calvary Pentecostal Redemption Church.
The fake document had in it, “Authorization to run the affairs of the Elder John Massey Junior High School.”
It further quoted the church as saying, “We the undersigned representatives, senior executives and authorities of the Calvary Pentecostal Redemption Church Inc, hereby turn over the Elder John Massey Junior High School to the Logan Town Community through and by its representatives in person of David Sieh, chairman, school’s board, Ramson W. George, principal, T. Augustine Nyenswah, vice principal and H. Slewion Forh, registrar.”
It alleged, among other things, that “The decision by the Church to turn over the school to the community is predicated upon the below listed factors and reasons.”
The document went ahead to name the reasons as follows: the inability of the Church to adequately run the day-to-day affairs of the school, due to lack of training and commitment of our church members in the field of education.”
It maintained, “Lack of development vision to change the infrastructure of the school since 1991.”
It also mentioned “the lack of trained and professional teachers to stimulate the increase in enrollment and learning environment of the school.”
Therefore, the document quoted the church as saying, “The Elder John Massy School shall be in their care as proprietors for the development until they (the community) shall deem it necessary to turn over the school to us (the Church), if they think they are unable to achieve the goals for which the school has been given to them.
Meanwhile, it further maintained,” “the school shall make available 25% of the bank balance, after the operations of each year to the Church as its tithe and the MOU shall be binding for a period of 25 years beginning May 27, 2004.”
Henceforth, the document concluded, “the community has all rights and privileges over the running of the day-to-day and development of the Elder John Massy School.”