The judge of Criminal Court C at the Temple of Justice of the Republic of Liberia has instructed State Securities and Agencies at all entry points to Liberia to arrest 6 former officials of the Liberia National Red cross Society.
The judge decision comes base on an application filed by the chief prosecutor of the Liberia Anti-Corruption commission Cllr Jerry Galawolo seeking to prevent the former officials from leaving the country. Montserrado County grand jury indicted the Red Cross Former Officials for reportedly stealing over $70,000 United States Dollars between 2014 and 2015 during the Ebola pandemic in Liberia.
Judge Peter Gbarnewaley issued the ban on defendants: Red Cross former President Emmanuel Kparh, former Secretary-General Fayiah Tamba, Procurement Supervisor Koboi Wolokollie, and Director of Finance Sekou Kamara over the weekend.
In 2017 an investigation revealed that fraud by Red Cross workers and others wasted at least $6 million during the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The revelations follow an internal investigation of how the organization handled more than $124 million during the 2014-2016 epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea..
In Liberia, investigators found “evidence of fraud related to inflated prices of relief items, payroll and payment of volunteer incentives.” IFRC estimated the loss at 2.7 million Swiss francs ($2.7 million).
In neighboring Guinea, an estimated 1.17 million Swiss francs ($1.17 million) reportedly disappeared because of fraudulent billing practices by a customs clearance service provider.
Recently,in a social media post the LACC’s Acting Executive Chairperson Cllr. Kanio Bia Gbala accused the former National Red Cross Society officials of criminally diverting funds intended to save lives during the deadly Ebola epidemic in 2014.
According to him, the monies in question were donated by foreigners through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.