Former RIA Boss To Face Prosecution for ‘Corruption’
The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice has announced that it has sufficient evidence to have the former Roberts International Airport(RIA)boss trial for corruption while serving in the post.
Marking the disclosure Liberia Solicitor General Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo said a team of investigators at the ministry has work over time to get these evidences to have Miss Cockrum indicted, brought to Liberia and prosecuted for corruption.
Cllr. Blamo said the Government of Liberia will first seek the extradition of Miss Cockrum back to Liberia through the Extradition treaty between Liberia and the United States of America.
In February of this year, Miss Cockrum was dismissed for allegedly embezzling more than US$500,000 from the Roberts International Airport. When it became clear that her alleged corruption news was wide-spread, Miss Cockrum left Liberia unceremoniously for the United States.
It appears that since that time the Government of Liberia has been making effort to extradite her for prosecution.
Reports have it that Miss Cockrum had transferred over US$ 250,000 into the account of her boyfriend, Melvin Johnson in Atlanta, Georgia.
She is a trained American Soldier Pilot who holds two graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) and Harvard University.
Miss Cockrum is also wanted for allegedly violating the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) and the Public Financial Management(PFM) Law and for hiring the services of a ‘bogus’ foreign company, Diaspora International which does not exist anywhere in the world.
Cockrum was named Managing Director of the RIA following the suspension of Mr. Julius Dennis.