Doxxbet, a company that organizes betting games and raffle draws, can no longer feel frightened now about allegation levied against it by the National Lottery Authority (NLA) of defrauding the Liberian Government in its operations, but can safely rely on reports of the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to vindicate it in case of any legal action.
It can be recalled that the NLA Deputy Director-General for Operations, Neved P. Kortu, and his Special Assistant took to the media in late May of this year and accused the company of operating more slot machines than authorized, thereby allegedly duping government of hundreds of thousands of US dollars, claiming further that Doxxbet had denied NLA inspectors access to its premises.
Interviews conducted by some officials of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) several months ago, in which Doxxbet Liberia was accused of defrauding the Liberian government through its operations, prompted this fact-finding piece with the aim of gathering substantial proof.
A review of audit reports of the General Auditing Commission (GAC) – Liberia’s supreme auditing agency of the activities of the institution clothed with the authority to regulate all games of chances such as raffle draws, casinos, slot machine, etc, therefore became a viable option in completing this story.
Copies of reports of audits the GAC conducted of the operations of the NLA covering the last three audit periods (2017, 2018 and 2019) were consequently secured for the purpose of doing an in-depth investigation. Ironically, however, Doxxbet is not found among companies operating games of chance accused of wrongdoing in the reports.
Instead, the findings covering the three-year period are replete with the GAC pinpointing financial irregularities and procedural errors of the NLA, among them granting of licenses to some companies without the Board’s approval as provided for in the NLA regulations; making payments to employees that don’t exist, and making payments amounting to hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars to employees rather than service providers for services rendered the NLA.
Another segment highlighted is that “official payment receipts issued to Lottery Companies for payment of operation license fees could not be reconciled with the amount reported in the NLA designated Guaranty Trust bank account.
“We also noted that the NLA Management did not maintain a cash receipt ledger and/or invoices for payments made to the entity for operation license fees findings of the audit revealed.”
It can be recalled that the allegations made against Doxxbet by the NLA authorities came as negotiations between Doxxbet and the Liberia Football Association (LFA) on the possible signing of a US$24,000 deal for individual’s awards were well advanced.
The deal was sealed and it marked the first time in the history of the country’s FA, that most outstanding athletes received cash awards at the close of the domestic leagues in both the male and female categories.
skeptics have been questioning why the NLA could choose to go to the media to attack Doxxbet instead of addressing themselves their countless indictments in the audit reports, one of which centers on the NLA paying more than US$400,000 in salaries to ghost employees.