Police Burst US$ 700,000 Counterfeit Ring

The Liberia National Police on Saturday arrested two criminals with counterfeit United States dollar notes more than US$700,000.00.

According to a statement released by the Director of Police, C. Clarence Massaquoi yesterday, the Crime Service Division of the Liberia National Police moved on the 9th Street in Sinkor at about 4:25P.M. on Saturday to set up surveillance following a tip off.

“The investigators in the process of keeping up the surveillance spotted the culprits leaving the 9thstreet environs on board a green Nissan vehicle and they put up a chase and intercepted the suspects and have them arrested”, the statement said.

The statement further explained that the two individuals (S. Govina Lacto and Alextoh) who were arrested are believed to be the ring leaders in the syndicate of running a counterfeiting operation mainly in Monrovia and elsewhere in the country; duping innocent victims of their legitimate cash and properties. SEE BELOW FOR FULL TEXT:

OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT READ BY HON. C. CLARENCE MASSAQUOI DIRECTOR LIBERIA NATIONAL POLICE JULY 7, 2015

The Liberia National Police is pleased to inform the public of a major burst of a criminal counterfeit syndicate involving more than 700,000.00 thousand United States Dollars.

Following a tip off on Saturday July 4, 2015, officers of the Crime Services Division moved on 9th street in Sinkor at about 4:25 PM to set up surveillance to spot, identify, and arrest two individuals believed to be the Ring leaders in the syndicate of running a counterfeiting operation mainly in Monrovia and elsewhere in the country; duping innocent victims of their legitimate cash and properties.

The investigators in the process of keeping up the surveillance spotted the culprits leaving the 9thstreet environs on board a green Nissan vehicle and put up a chase when they were intercepted and the suspects arrested. The suspects include, S. Govina Lacto and ALEXToh, both Liberians.

Upon their arrest 0police conducted a search of the vehicle and found the below-listed items.

  • A black case containing counterfeits notes
  • Five different GSM Sim Card and three cellphones.

Brief History of the two arrested men

S.Govina Lacto male 48, is a resident of Nicky’s Town, Paynesville. He had been in con- artist activities since the 90s. He and his men, to be identified, operate a network through which they usually cajole their victims to believe that Equatorial Palm oil Liberia, Sime Darby and other institutions are in search of anti-bulk, Chlorine and other chemicals to buy, and as such, they create amongst themselves, local dealers, sales agents, as well as, chemists in order to carry out their criminal activities. He was arrested several times during the regime of President Charles Taylor.

2 Alex TohMale 46 is a resident of Chocolate City Gardnerville, he has been involved in the counterfeiting business together with S. Govina Lacto. He has been arrested by police on several occasions; his last arrest being in 2014 when and others defrauded the Ministry of Agriculture through check encashment.

The police will remain vigilant in providing security to the people of Liberia and encourage the general public to be on the lookout for such individuals in their respective communities.

In closing we would like to once again encourage the general public to continue to cooperate with the police in the fight against crime in the society, as fighting crime is everybody’s business.

The arrest of Govina Lacto and Alex Toh before they could dump their counterfeit dollarson the market could have affected mainly business people, is a classic example of what cooperation between the police and the public, working together, can achieve.

THANK YOU!

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