Former Lotteries Dep. MD, Others Charged with US$3.1M, L$432K Theft

first_imgMonths after then deputy director-general of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Agnes Efflong, questioned the legal basis of President George Weah’s nomination of Neved Kortu to replace her while her tenure had not expired, Efflong has been charged in connection to an alleged theft of US$3,102,024.10 and L$432,240, an incident that is believed to have taken place in her capacity as director-general of the NLA.Madam Efflong is charged, along with suspended director–general, Martin Kollie, director of finance, controller Eric Vaye and an employee, Cecelia W. Sieh. They have been charged with theft of property, economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, money laundering, misuse of public money and property.Criminal Court ‘C’ is yet to arrest those expected to stand trial.In the court’s records, the government alleges that the act was discovered when the General Auditing Commission (GAC) conducted four comprehensive audits of the NLA during July 1, 2015, up to and including June 30, 2019.The audit records claimed that while the defendants were in the employ of the NLA and assigned in various capacities, they did not maintain records and documentation for expending budgetary allotments of US$238,726 received from the Ministry of Finance and Planning Development, and that they made several withdrawals from the NTA’s bank accounts domiciled at Guarantee Trust Bank (GTBank) in amount of US$295,007.12 without documentation to legally justify the transaction.The document also alleges that to design the scheme, the defendants paid an annual salary of L$432,240 to two individuals, Isaac Doe and Alice Bardio to be identified, listed on the payroll without employment evidence.Doe collected L$162,000, while Bardio took home L$270,240 totaling L$432,240.Fraudulently, the records claimed, the defendants issued Palm Spring Resorts Casino’s license to operate a business within the country and that analysis of bank statement records and NLA official receipts, showed no evidence that the said entity made the required payment of US$60,300 for licensed obtained under the period of said audit.The document claimed that the defendants obtained two separate loans from Winners Incorporated and Oceano Casino respectively in the amount of US$64,000 under the allege nomenclature of NLA without documented evidence or board approval.In addition, they claimed that they made multiple payments amounting to US$87,659, which was allotted to several individuals of the NLA rather than the service providers.Again, the records claimed, the defendants withdrew from the account of NLA at GTBank the amount of US$931,838.57.In addition, they again received a budgetary allotment of US$345,033 during the period under review, during which time they made multiple payments amounting to US$233,088 to non-employees.Again, the court’s records alleged that Palm Spring Resort made several payments totaling US$52,450 to obtain Sports Betting and Casino License for the entire period under review.The record alleges that the management of Palm Spring Sport Betting and Casino was to pay the sum of US$120,600 as government revenue.The record also claimed that the defendants withdrew US$1,112,484.97 from NLA’s account at GTbank with several undocumented payments of US$255,558.5 to non-employees out of the US$30,500 that was paid by Palm Spring Resort.“The defendants withdrew US$510,497.78 made as payment received from Palm Spring Resort, US$20,000 issued as Casino license for the entire period of 2018 and 2019,” the document alleges.It added, “Thereby making the total amount the defendants stole to US$3,102,024.10 and L$432,240.”It can be recalled that Cllr. Stanley Kparkillen, a lawyer for Effiong, took exception to President Weah’s nomination of Kortu to replace Efflong, and challenged it at the Supreme Court, contending that the action was marred by serious violations of the Constitution.Cllr. Kparkillen then argued that the appointment of the deputy director-general at the NLA was not within the appointing power of President Weah, but rather one that is reserved for the Board of Directors, “and that the appointment of Neved Kortu to the post of deputy director-general was illegal and unconstitutional.”Under the Act that created the NLA, the Board of Directors has the power and authority to appoint a deputy director-general for operations as the principal deputy to the director-general for an initial term of two years. Consistent with the mandate, the chairman of the board of directors of the NLA, Claude J. Katta, pursuant to a resolution of the board upon review of the record, appointed Madam Effiong on September 20, 2015, as deputy director-general.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Suspended National Lotteries Authority Managing Director, Martin Kollie, charged with theft.last_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTES

first_imgSt. Mary’s GAABingo in Hall on Tues at 9 Lotto results 5 with 2 counties Moira Mc Hugh, Sally Bonner, Danny Harkin Convoy Sheena Mc Namee Drumkeen and Helen & Jason Mc Daid ListillionNext week’s  jackpot €1200 lotto’s available from committee members Slimming WorldSlimming World Stranorlar, every Tuesday in Kees Hotel, Stranorlar, 10am, 12pm, 5.30pm & 7.30pm, all welcome. Contact Catherine 0863962666 for further details.Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute Band Band practice as usual in the hall on Tues night @ 7pm Contact Harry on 087 7741054 for enquiries.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 27th June 03, 06, 07, 21.No jackpot winner 1match 3 Nos: €100 Hughie Doherty Carrigart. Next weeks jackpot €3,125 Tickets from any committee member €2. Go raibh maith agat.FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUPSStranorlar – 1st Friday of each month (excluding Aug) Millbrae Health Centre 6.30 – 8.30pm. Contact Jude Bromley 086 3945008 / mikejay1@eircom.net / JudeFibromyalgia Bromley on Facebook Letterkenny – 1st Wednesday of each month (excluding Aug)St Conals Coffee Dock 7 – 8.30pm (Jude will greet people at front door of St Conals & to give directions to room!)Contact Jude Bromley 086 3945008 / mikejay1@eircom.net / Jude Fibromyalgia Bromley on FacebookDungloe – 3rd Friday of the month, 7pm-9pm, – Upstairs in 3 Gweedore Road, Dungloe –Contact number for further information is 0879067573, Anne GillespieSouth West Donegal Fibro Support Group, – 2nd Friday of the month, 7pm – 9pmIn Councillor Campbell’s office, next door to now doc, Main st, Mountcharles.Contact Lulu Pringle 0868390588Inishowen Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Support Group Last Tues of every month 7.30 – 9pm Day Unit in Carn Hospital. Contact Una Farren 0863748676Community Car WashA big thank you to all who donated to the car wash and also those who donated after the event. A fantastic total of €945 was raised. We hope to get started on the Marian Shrine in the coming weeks. Thanks to Liam and Patricia who arranged the flowers at the graveyard and St. Bridget’s well on behalf of the car wash committee.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Birthdays, Anniversaries etc.Is there something happening in the area you think should be highlighted or if anyone would like a birthday or anniversary mentioned in the notes, also any photo’s you would like published – please feel free to email them to drumkeennotes@gmail.comDrumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included please emaildrumkeennotes@gmail.com (Deadline Sun @ 6pm)LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: July 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more