A Principal of Elder John Messy High School accused of forging the signature of the late Bishop Philip Teah to prepare a 25-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the institution and the Calvary Pentecostal Church, was on Wednesday found guilty by the jury of the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice.
The jury brought down their unanimous guilty verdict against defendant Ramson George, after they returned from several hours of closed door discussion about the merit of the matter.
Elder John Messy High School, situated in Logan Town, Monrovia, is owned by the Calvary Pentecostal Church.
The alleged understanding was intended to allow defendant Ramson George and the Logan Town community to run the institution for 25 years with the church receiving 25% of its yearly income.
At yesterday’s hearing the jury unanimously declared: “After listening to both parties for more than two weeks, we the jury of the court unanimously agreed that defendant Ramson George forged the signature of late Bishop Philip Teah to prepare the MOU on behalf of the community and the church.”
“He committed the crime of fraud,” the jury stated in their unanimous guilty verdict.
Speaking in tears with journalists at the Temple of Justice immediately after the jury’s verdict, Bishop Benjamin Doewilon lamented, “The Church of God has suffered over seven years under those evil minded people for its own property, but the court has given us justice, after pursuing this legal battle for the past two years.”
Bishop Doewilon continued, “The community wanted to rob us of our joy and hard earned labor through fraudulent means, but thank God, justice has been done on our behalf.”
He added, “We are not going to take revenge. We are going to forgive them for the evil and suffering they have inflicted on the church.”
He commended the jury for handing down justice in the case. “We need to hail the jury for their fairness to ensure that justice was done. They are true sons and daughters of the nation,” Bishop Doewilon added.
The case started in early 2013, when the church filed a complaint to the court, asking it to cancel a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) believed to have been entered into between Late Bishop Philip Teah and the Logan Town Community because of fraud.
In their complaint, the church further alleged that the signature that appeared on the MOU, believed to have been that of Late Bishop Teah, was fraudulently done by defendant George and the Logan Town community.
In the bogus MOU the Logan Community through defendant Ramson George was to run the school for 25 years with the Church receiving 25% yearly as part of its income.
Also, the late Bishop Teah was the only person of the church’s board whose signature appeared on the fraudulent MOU.