The Liberia Football Association second vice president for operations, Mr. Cassell A. Kuoh, is reportedly jailed in a United States of America federal prison on charges of money laundering and illegal wire transfer.
According to investigations, Mr. Kuoh who also used the alias Tim Borrol, tricked and convinced an unidentified investor only known as “DS” to make wire transfer of $3.6 million between August 2014 and August 2015 to MCDAN SHIPPING CO. LTD. (Liberia) and other unknown Liberian co-conspirators. Mr. Kuoh and his co-conspirators, it is stated, have been engaged in an elaborate scheme to defraud individuals of millions of dollars by falsely representing that they possessed large quantities of gold and diamonds in Liberia that they wanted to ship to the United States for refinement and sale. “Kuoh and the others (collectively "co-conspirators") are native Liberians who held themselves out to be various types of middleman who had access to large amounts of raw gold and diamonds mined in Liberia. The co-conspirators tricked one or more investors into believing that they shipped the raw gold and diamonds to the U.S. where the gold would be refined, and then both the gold and diamonds would be sold. The investor (s) transferred money to the co-conspirators for what they believed was permitting and storage fees necessary in order to export from Liberia, transit through international borders, and receive the gold and diamonds in United States. The gold and diamonds never arrived, and the investors have lost millions of dollars,” a detailed Federal report indicates. The report further stated that on June 27, 2013, victim-investor, DS entered into a written contract to purchase 500 kilograms of gold bars and a second contract to purchase 223 rough diamonds (approximately 7,123 carats) from a William Jackson (yet to be identified, in Monrovia, Liberia. The report said D.S. met Jackson via the business-oriented social networking service, LinkedIn. Initially, Jackson contacted D.S. and stated that he represented a village in Liberia that wanted to export its gold and diamonds to the United States. It was at that point that D.S. agreed to the deal with Jackson and worked with two previous shipping companies prior to being introduced to Kuoh, who held himself out to be Tim Borrol from MC DAN SHIPPING COMPANY LTD, a Liberian shipping company. Kuoh took over communications from Jackson and became D.S.’s main point of contact because he was in charge of getting the gold and diamonds to the U.S. During a trip to Liberia in 2014, to confirm the authenticity of the deal, DS. Met Kuoh and other individuals at the MCDAN SHIPPING CO. LTD. DS observed what he believed to be 500 kgs. of unrefined gold and 223 tough diamonds (7,123 carats) that were to be shipped to him in the United States. “Kuoh appeared to arrange for testing of the gold and diamonds in the presence of DS to confirm its authenticity,” the report said. To make long story short, DS and Mr. Kuoh signed an agreement to have DS pay for all shipping and related costs of the gold and diamonds, including storage fees, documents, certificates, endorsement, to get the gold and diamond to the United States. Kuoh further convinced DS when he took one kilogram of gold to the US which was tested and approved in Dallas, Texas. Kuoh sold the gold to the Texas refinery and wired $37K to DS who then believed the whole scheme. According to the report, that was how DS was fooled into wiring over $3million to the LFA second vice president and his co-conspirators between 2014 to 2015. Independent investigations have proven that Mr. Kuoh is no stranger to money laundering and illegal wire transfers. It is stated that these illegal funds played heavily in Kuoh pulling the rug from under former LFA 2nd VP Adolf Lawrence in 2014 which saw Kuoh winning the LFA post during Congress. Whatever the turn of events will become in the ongoing case against the LFA 2nd Vice for Operations, the battered image of the local football governing house will never be same.