Based on witness Serina’s testimony, state prosecutors requested that the additional amount be embedded in the indictment against the accused employees and their accomplices. But Judge Emery S. Paye denied the request to include the new discovery in the indictment.
Madam Gbaba in her testimony yesterday alleged that the entity has also discovered, in addition to the L$16.5 million, over US$15,000 in direct cash was stolen from the JFKMC account by Mr. Patrick Konuwah and co-defendants.
State lawyers however requested amendments to the indictment to include the latest findings in line with chapter 14, sub section 14.7, paragraph 1 and 3, of the criminal procedure law of Liberia.
They (prosecution) indicated that five counts of the indictment be amended to ensure that the additional discovery forms part of the indictment for which the defense objected.
Judge Paye in his ruling on the matter mentioned that the court is of the opinion that to add about US$21,000 to the alleged complaint in the indictment will surely affect the defendants.
“In view of the foregoing facts and circumstances, prosecution request for amendment as mentioned herein is denied and the resistant hereby sustained and this case is hereby ordered proceeded with,” Judge Paye ruled.
The grand jury for Montserrado County indicted several individuals with the crimes of economic sabotage, theft of property, money laundering, criminal conspiracy, and facilitation, in flagrant violation of Chapter 15, Sub-chapter “F”, Sections 15.80(a)(b)(c), 15.81 (a)(b)(c ), and 15.82(a)(b)(c), of the New Penal Law of Liberia.
Those indicted include Patrick Konuwa, former Accounts Officer, Boakai J. Varney, former Senior Budget and Accounts Officer, Arnous Rabeah, former IT and Database Supervisor, all of the John F. Kenedy Medical Center.
Others include James Ricks, former Clearing Officer of the First International Bank (FIB), Lethia W. Waleh, former Customer Service Officer of the First International Bank (FIB) and Prince Jallah, former Hardware Technician of the IT Department of the Central Bank of Liberia.
In count one of the indictment the grand jurors furthered that between the period March 2015, up to and including January 2016, at the JFK, Co-Defendant, Konuwa, then Accounts Officer of the Medical Center, and by virtue of his employment within the said entity, did knowingly and intentionally collude and conspire with Ricks, former Clearing Officer of the First International Bank (FIB) Waleh, former Customer Service Officer, of the First International Bank (FIB) Jallah, of the Central Bank of Liberia, and Freeman others yet to be identified, to defraud and did defraud , the hospital, the Government of the Republic of Liberia, and the people of Liberia, of the amount of US$5,000.00 and LD$15,774,742 (Liberia Dollars Fifteen Million Seven Hundred Seventy Four Thousand Seven Hundred Forty Two) by designing a criminal scheme.
The indictment also states that co-defendant Konuwa, facilitated by co-defendants Welah and Ricks, caused two personal checking accounts to be opened at the First International Bank (Liberia) Limited in the name of the yet to be identified co-defendant who purported to be “John Freeman Kennedy”, by generating and using a fictitious identification card to open the said accounts, for the purpose of depositing checks issued in the name of John F. Kennedy Medical Center, which were received by Co-Defendant Konuwa on behalf of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center.
He (Konuwa) diverted and deposited into the accounts of the purported John Freeman Kennedy at the First International Bank Liberia Limited, and thereafter withdrew the proceeds from the said accounts through the issuance of several checks in the names of the fictitious person John F. Kennedy yet to be identified, co-defendant Holmes, Morlu and several others to be identified.