GT-Bank employees claim his wife authorized the withdrawals, which Mrs. Sirleaf denies
Several controversial issues have been raised in the investigative report of the Liberia National Police (LNP) submitted on Tuesday, September 8, to the Monrovia City Court, regarding the unauthorized withdrawal of US$886,580 and L$10,480,000 from a joint checking account titled, ‘Bojelene Gust House Incorporated’ operated by Mr. Charles E. Sirleaf and his wife, Fanta Donzo Sirleaf at the Guaranty Trust Bank (GT-Bank).
Two of the bank’s employees, Andrea Doubah, a female and account officer of the bank, assigned to the Sirleaf’s account, and Genesis David, the head of operations, were both forwarded to the court on the alleged commission of the crime of theft of property, forgery and “Consummation of crime and criminal conspiracy.”
Both defendants David and Doubah were later released after their lawyers filed an unspecified amount of bail to the court.
The contentious issue came about during the investigation of defendants David and Doubah, both accusing the wife of Mr. Charles Sirleaf of being the one behind the withdrawal of the money from the bank, a claim Mrs. Sirleaf has so far denied, according to the police report.
In his written statement, David explained that he is clothed with the responsibility to supervise tellers at the Sinkor Branch and admitted that he approved of all the slips that were used as source documents to allow withdrawals from Charles Sirleaf’s accounts at the bank.
In his verbal statement, the document quoted defendant David that Mrs. Sirleaf visited the bank on March 4, 2019 and was ushered into the office of one of the bank’s executives before he, Genesis, approved the withdrawal slip for the payment of US$100,000 to Andrea Doubah from one of Mr. Charles E. Sirleaf’s accounts and the cash was turned over to her in his (David’s) presence.
David further claimed that Mrs. Sirleaf visited the bank on October 29, 2019 and submitted a counter to the bank thru Andrea Doubah for payment of US$88,000 out of the Bojelene account.
The record also claims that Doubah told the investigation she was the account officer to Mr. Charles Sirleaf’s account as well as the Bojelene Guest House Incorporated account.
Doubah further claimed that Mrs. Sirleaf was one of the persons to whom she, Doubah, turned over the cash and that the cash was withdrawn from Mr. Charles Sirleaf’s account based upon the instruction from Mrs. Sirleaf.
In her statement, the record claimed that Mrs. Sirleaf and her husband are signatories to the Bojelene Guest House Incorporated account maintained at the GT-Bank.
Mrs. Sirleaf claimed that in 2017, she opened a Liberian Dollar account and a United States Dollar account at the GT-Bank, but when the government decided to freeze her husband’s accounts in reference to the alleged missing LD$16 billion, Andrea Doubah called her and advised that she must withdraw her cash and take it home so that the government does not seize their monies.
Mrs. Sirleaf further explained that she informed defendant Doubah that due to the huge amount in her account, it was risky to keep the cash home and suggested that her US Dollar account be debited and the cash be deposited into an account to be opened by her in the name of her brother at GT-Bank Liberia limited.
She said she filled in a withdrawal slip authorizing US$90,000 from her account and she later deposited the money into an account bearing her brother’s name (Boimah Konah) bearing the account number 20331895722590.
She further narrated that in July 2019, she instructed her brother to withdraw the amount of US$40,000 from this account and the withdrawal slip was delivered to Andrea Doubah who executed the withdrawal and that she received the monies through defendant David, and the US$50,000 remained in her account bearing her brother’s name.
She further claimed that she and her brother did not transact any business within their respective accounts until May 26, 2020, when they withdrew all of their monies, both Liberian and United States Dollars.
In reference to the Bojelene Guest House Account, she said, she was only a signatory and on October 31, 2019, she and her husband Charles Sirleaf wrote a GT-Bank check bearing serial number 300319539 authorizing US$88,000 withdrawal from that account.
She also claimed that the check was given to Andrea Doubah at their residence in Congo Town, but defendant Doubah did not present the check to the bank, neither did they receive the cash from defendant Doubah.
She further narrated that the counter check for the US$88,000 was not signed by them (she and her husband), the signature F. Donzo affixed on the check was not written by her.
She said that she and her husband only visited the bank’s head office one time and that was on November 2, 2019, to discuss with the management the forgery of the counter check and other withdrawal slips used to withdraw monies from both their US and Liberia Dollar accounts.
She said, an allegation that defendants Doubah and David received monies from the bank through them on three occasions on behalf of her husband is false and misleading.
She said the allegation that she received US$100,000 on March 4, 2020, is also untrue.