Deneah M. Flomo, one of three persons indicted in July in the alleged corruption engulfing the National Port Authority (NPA), has remained at large and has given no sign that he plans to surrender to face charges of economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and theft of property.
Judge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court ‘C’ on November 19 ordered his clerk to issue a ‘writ of arrest’ against Flomo and subsequently issue another writ, this time of summon, on Flomo’s Demar Enterprise, to have it represented yesterday.
Defendant Flomo is accused of conniving with the suspended NPA Managing Director, Matilda Parker, and her Comptroller, Christiana Kpabar Paelay, to make US$800,000 in illegal payments to his Demar Enterprise Company that is also charged in the indictment.
Currently, the whereabouts of Flomo are unknown, since the information regarding his arrest was announced by Judge Blamo Dixon, a court staff hinted the Daily Observer.
When our reporter noticed that Flomo was not in the courtroom, he decided to ask some staff of the Criminal Court ‘C” whether or not Flomo had been arrested.
“We have not received any writ of arrest from the clerk to arrest Flomo; besides, we don’t know where Flomo is,” the court staff said.
Most of the money was deposited in Flomo’s company account at Ecobank, a point prosecutors alleged Flomo confessed to during investigations at the office of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC).
The LACC has reported that Flomo received more than US$10,000 from the deal.
Flomo has never appeared before the court since he was indicted along with his co-defendants, and also not posted bail like the two co-defendants.
In the indictment, the prosecution alleged that defendants Parker and Paelay conspired with co-defendants Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise to defraud government of US$837,950 between July 2011 and December 2012.
They allegedly designed a criminal scheme in which co-defendants Parker and Paelay awarded two “sole source” contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission.
The contracts awarded defendants Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise to remove wrecks from the Port of Greenville and the provision of security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan and Greenville on behalf of the NPA.
The contracts allegedly valued at U$500,000 and US$300,000 respectively, with claims of fraudulent payments of funds from the accounts of the NPA to co-defendant Flomo for their personal use.
Prosecutors claim that defendants Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise did not possess expertise regarding the contracts, and that he and his enterprise did not render the services to the NPA under the US$800,000 contracts.