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

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first_imgBruins coach Karl Dorrell must have thought it had more to do with coaching than the players because Tuesday, 18 days after UCLA’s bowl game, the third-year coach fired Kerr. Dorrell was out recruiting and didn’t speak with reporters. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardDorrell’s search began immediately, and possible candidates include Texas co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Duane Akina and former UCLA defensive back Johnnie Lynn, a former defensive coordinator with the New York Giants. Jets hire Mangini as head coach HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Eric Mangini has worked for Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, learning from two of the greatest coaches in the NFL. The Jets are banking on that pedigree to lead them back into the playoffs. Despite his youth and relative inexperience, the organization hired Mangini as its coach Tuesday. The former Patriots defensive coordinator, who turns 35 on Thursday, becomes the youngest head coach in the league. Terms of the deal weren’t known but it is believed he will get between $2 million and $2.5 million per year over five years. The baby-faced Mangini won’t be confused with former coach Herman Edwards, who left for Kansas City last week. Mangini was reserved and low key at his introductory news conference, hardly exhibiting any of the fire and energy that is Edwards’ trademark. But this is a new era for the organization, which hopes Mangini can instill a different attitude after the Jets finished 4-12 last season. Saints hire Payton as head coach NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints will hire Dallas Cowboys assistant Sean Payton to his first NFL head coaching job, a team official familiar with the decision said Tuesday. The Saints’ official was speaking on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the formal announcement wasn’t expected until today. Payton has been a quarterbacks coach for three seasons under Bill Parcells in Dallas. He also held the title of assistant head coach. Before that, he was a New York Giants assistant, a stint that included that team’s NFC Championship in 2000. Payton will succeed Jim Haslett, whose tenure lasted six years. The Saints were 3-13 in 2005, a season in which all of their “home” games were played on the road because of Hurricane Katrina. The Saints were a .500 team during Haslett’s first five seasons combined. Payton’s background as a quarterbacks coach could serve him well in New Orleans, which is expected to draft a quarterback with the second overall pick in the NFL draft. Trial set for cornerback’s wife NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – The wife of Indianapolis Colts cornerback Nick Harper will not face a felony battery charge for cutting him with a kitchen knife, a judge ruled. Daniell Harper, 31, still faces a criminal recklessness charge. She was released on $5,000 bond Tuesday after spending the weekend in the jail. Hamilton County Prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp said the judge apparently did not allow the battery charge because Nick and Daniell Harper both claimed the stabbing was accidental. Daniell Harper was arrested Saturday on preliminary charges of battery with a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness. She was arraigned on closed-circuit television from jail Tuesday, and Magistrate Karl Hadley entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf. Nick Harper was treated at an Indianapolis hospital Saturday after deputies and paramedics found him with a puncture wound to his right knee, police said. His wife told authorities the stabbing was accidental, sheriff’s department Sgt. Kevin W. Fessel said. Colts president Bill Polian said Harper’s wound was an inch deep and a half-inch wide. It required three stitches, but Polian said there was no damage to the knee joint or capsule, and Harper was able to play in Sunday’s 21-18 AFC divisional playoff loss to Pittsburgh. Former Rams receiver Jessie dies HUNTINGTON BEACH – Ron Jessie, a former receiver who played 11 seasons in the NFL, has died. He was 57. Jessie died Friday after suffering a heart attack in his Huntington Beach home, said Brandon Jessie, one of his two sons. Jessie was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the eighth round of the 1971 draft, but was traded that summer to the Detroit Lions, where he played for four seasons. Detroit traded him to the Los Angeles Rams in 1975 for a first-round draft pick. Jessie’s best year was 1976, when he made the Pro Bowl after catching 34 passes for 779 yards and six touchdowns for the Rams. He was a member of the 1979 team that went to the Super Bowl, but injuries prevented him from playing in the 31-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played two more years with the Buffalo Bills before retiring after the 1981 season. He finished his career with 265 receptions for 4,276 yards and 30 touchdowns. Jessie is survived by his wife, Sharon; a daughter, Felicia; and another son, Ron Jr. Duerson pleads guilty to battery SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Dave Duerson, a former Notre Dame football player who went on to play for the Chicago Bears, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Duerson was in South Bend for a board of trustees meeting last February and got into an argument with his wife in their hotel room on campus. A police report said Duerson pushed his wife out the door of their room and she hit the wall. She was treated and released from a hospital. Duerson, 45, of Highland Park, Ill., appeared early Tuesday in the traffic and misdemeanor division of Superior Court and pleaded guilty to one of four misdemeanor counts against him. Catherine Wilson, a spokeswoman for prosecutor Michael Dvorak, said Duerson agreed to plead guilty to the domestic battery charge in return for three other counts against him being dismissed. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 14. Duerson, who resigned from the Notre Dame board of trustees after the incident, faces up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine when he is sentenced. From staff and wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img When Larry Kerr had an experienced defensive line, UCLA was a top 20 defense. That was in 2003, a far better time for the Bruins defense than the last two years. With a litany of inexperience and injuries, UCLA’s defense flopped, and was ranked one of the worst in the nation. last_img read more