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|Posted: Wed Sep 17th, 2008 01:24 am||
|Manager Imprisoned for Duping Boss
Published: 16 September, 2008
MONROVIA, A former Country Manager of the American and Liberian-owned firm, Kwaplah International, Abednego Dahn, has been convicted for misappropriation of US$166,080 belonging to his former employer and will serve a one year sentence at Monrovia Central Prison at South Beach.
In addition to the prison term, the convict has been required to pay back to his former employers, within the time frame of one year, the misappropriated amount else he faces an increased term in prison.
Criminal Court 'C' which heard the case and convicted Mr. Dahn required him to pay the US$166,080 in three installments into the account of Kwaplah International.
Abednego Dahn was represented during the trial by former Solicitor General Theophlius Gould, while the American-Liberian company, Kwaplah International, was represented by former Labor Minster Cllr. J. Lavelah Supuwood.
Following months of courtroom arguments, Judge Emmanuel Kollie, acting on the decision by a 12-member jury, convicted Dahn.
Available ourt documents revealed that the Government of Liberia, through the Ministries of Youths and Sports and Public Works, independently awarded a contract each to Kwaplah for the supply of vehicles.
Kwaplah International honored both contractual agreements and made delivery of the vehicles in time to both ministries. For the supply of the vehicles, the Ministry of Finance issued two checks amounting to US$166,080: one check #262009, valued at US$62,400 and another with check #26010, valued at US$103,680 in favor of Kwaplah International.
According to the documents, when the Finance Ministry informed Kwaplah International that the checks totaling US$166,080 had been issued as payment for the vehicles, Mr. Dahn immediately bypassed the expeditor, who normally handles such matters, signed for and took delivery of the checks.
It is indicated in the documents that instead of depositing the checks in the account of Kwaplah International at the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), Dahn, without authority of the company, took the checks to Ecobank and had same encashed.
It was revealed during court proceedings that both checks were presented to Ecobank Liberia and encashed the same day.
Dahn reportedly used the amount to open his private company called “Global Network”, which is operating in the country.
Meanwhile, Criminal Court “C” Judge James Kollie has fined Mr. Abednego Dahn US$50,000 for his failure to appear in court during the reading of his sentence.
Kwaplah International is a company operating in many countries around the globe, including Liberia, Uganda, the Middle East, Sierra Leone, Guinea, United States and is engaged in procurement activities.
Last edited on Wed Sep 17th, 2008 03:07 pm by Monjue
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