NPA Suspended MD, Others Indicted For Nearly US$1M

The Special Grand Jurors for Montserrado County has indicted suspended National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Madam Matilda Parker and two others for Economic Sabotage, Theft of Property and Criminal Conspiracy.

Others indicted along with Madam Parker are Christiana KpabarPaeley, the suspended Comptroller of the NPA and Mr. Deneah M. Flomo, the proprietor of the DenmarEntetrprises.

The indictment said the three did conspire and commit the crime of economic Sabotage in flagrant violation of Chapter 15, sub-chapter “F”, Section 15.80(a)(b)(c), 15.81(a)(b)(c) of the New Penal Law of Liberia.

The indictment further noted that between July 2011 to December 2012, Co-Defendants, Matilda Parker and Christina KpabarPaelay, then Managing Director and Comptroller of the National Port Authority (NPA) respectively intentionally colluded and conspired with Co-Defendants Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise, to defraud and did defraud the National Port Authority (NPA), the Government of the Republic of Liberia, and the citizens of the Republic of Liberia, of the total amount ofUS$837,950 (United States Dollars Eight Hundred Thirty Seven Thousand Nine Hundred Fifty).

The indictment also noted that they defraud by designing a criminal scheme whereby Co-Defendants Matilda Parker and Christina KpabarPaelay awarded two source contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) to Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise on behalf of the National Port Authority for the removal of wrecks from the Port of Greenville, and the provision of security consultancy at the Ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, and Greenville, valued at US$500,000.00 and US$300,000.00 respectively.

The indictment further said they made fraudulent payments of funds from the accounts of the National Port Authority, (NPA) but Deneah M. Flomo, for their personal use and benefits, for expertise Mr. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise did not possess, and services which were never rendered by Mr. Flomo and his entity Denmar Enterprise to the National Port Authority (NPA) under the two contracts worthUS$800,000.00.

The indictment also noted that Madam Parker and Christina KpabarPaleay knowingly, intentionally, and for the purpose of carrying out their criminal scheme, colluded and conspired to evade procurement processes and violated the Public Procurement and Concession Act by sole sourcing Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise.

The indictment said they awarded two contracts to Mr. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise on behalf of the National Port Authority (NPA) for the removal of wrecks from the Port of Greenville, and the provision of security consultancy as a purported Recognized Security Organization (RSO) at the Ports of Monrovia, Greenville and Buchanan valued at US$500,000.00 and US$300,000.00 respectively.

The indictment stressed that this was done without requesting and receiving approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) for “no objection” to sole source the two contracts as is required by the Public Procurement and Concession Act.

Indictment further said on July 30 2011, Co-Defendants Matilda Parker and Christina Kpabar-Paelay entered into the wreck removal contract valued atUS$500,000 with a “Wreck Removal Firm”, Co- Defendant, Deneah M. Flomo, without the so called “Wreck”.

Removal Firm, obtaining the required approval of the Designated Authority (The Liberia Maritime Authority) to carry out Marine-related services in the Port ofGreenville.

Although the “Wreck Removal Firm”, Co-Defendant, Deneah M. Flomo, signed the contract and indicated that he was a “Wreck Engineer” and that the contract indicated that the said “Wreck Removal Firm” was retained on the basis of its experience and qualification, but it was discovered during investigation that Madam Matilda Parker and Christina Kpabar-Paelay knew that Mr. Flomo was not a Wreck Engineer.

Speaking at the Ministry of Information News conference yesterday, Deputy Information Minister, Isaac Jackson said the indictment further indicates that the Government of Liberia’s fight against corruption is gaining weight.

He noted that with the indictment, government is now willing to proceed to court and prosecute the case.

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