Senate SG’s Company Allegedly Dupes Gov’t – Clears 10 SINO Trucks Worth US$382,000
The MHM EKO Liberia Inc. belonging to the Secretary of Liberian Senate, Nanborlor F. Singbeh, Sr. has allegedly been accused of duping the government of Liberia of US$382,000 by clearing ten (10) dump trucks through the Freeport of Monrovia earlier this year.
Documents obtained during our investigation has shown that the MHM ECO Liberia, Inc. of which the Senate Secretary is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) was denied duty free privilege by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), but fraudulently through a staff of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Duty Free Section forged the permit belonging to Golden Veroleum Liberia.
Both the company (MHM ECO Liberia, Inc.) and one Mr. Barry Tequah were successful in clearing their equipment through fraudulent transaction and defrauding the Government of Liberia out of revenue amounting to over US$382,000.00.
The documents further disclosed that MHM EKO Liberia, Inc. was once denied by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) of obtaining ‘Duty Free privilege’ but allegedly the management of MHM EKO through an employee of the Ministry of Finance identified as Barry F. Tequah allegedly forged the permit belonging to GVL.
But successfully, MHM ECO Liberia, Inc. cleared their equipment by allegedly using GVL’s duty free privileges.
The MHM EKO Liberia, Inc was established for the purposes of buying rough diamonds, minerals of commercial values for export and import of the necessary equipment, tools and materials in Liberia; it was also established to engage in the establishment of a quarry and mining of crush rocks for sale.
Our investigation could not establish whether or not the company has ever obtained duty free privilege from the LRA, but it was discovered that the company has since been shutdown in 2017 but they are legally paying their taxes.
The MHM EKO Liberia, Inc. is owned by Martin Miloschewsky, Mr. Pavel Miloschewsky, with thirty-five percent shares respectively and the Senate Secretary, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, Sr., president with thirty percent share.
“That effective immediately, it is agreed that Mr. J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, Sr., a 30% shareholder becomes president and chairman of the Board of Directors, and Mr. Martin Miloschewsky, a 35% shareholder, and Mr. Pavel Miloschewsky, a 35% shareholder as members of the Board of Directors,” the Board of Directors resolution of the company said.
In continuation of the investigation on the fraudulent clearing of ten (10) SINO dump trucks and assorted spare parts by MHM Eko Liberia, Inc. earlier this year, it was discovered that the accused company along with Mr. Barry Tequah processed a duty free privilege document which they submitted to the LRA, using Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a company entitled to duty free privilege as owner of the equipment, which was cleared from the Freeport of Monrovia.
The biggest doubt is, since these trucks were fraudulently cleared from the Freeport of Monrovia in January 2019, there has been no proper information about their whereabouts and the Ministry of Transport that provided licenses to the trucks’ owner remain tightlipped simply because it has been alleged that one of those trucks has been sold for the purpose of covering up.
According to sources at the Liberia National Police, Mr. Tequah who allegedly forged the signature and duty free privilege document of GVL was arrested and later released because what our source referred to as ‘big hands.’
Since a communication was written to the Deputy Minister for Land and Rail at the Ministry of Transport, Darious Kollie, in March this year by the LNP to assist in the investigation on the registration of those trucks, there has been no official response on the investigation.
During the investigation period the Ministry of Justice in a communication requested the Ministry of Transport to assist the ongoing investigation with names of persons or institution that own the ten dump trucks bearing the following particulars 2018 VIN#470540; 2018 VIN#470541; 2018 VIN#470542; 2018 VIN#470543 and 2018 VIN#470544.
Meanwhile, when the Senate Secretary, Nanborlor F. Singbeh was contacted during our investigation, he denied being in the know of clearing any ten trucks and using any company’s ‘duty free privilege’ to do any business on behalf of any business.
Mr. Singbeh disclosed that the company has since been closed in 2017, but are legally paying their taxes to the Government of Liberia, though they are closed, but stated further that at no time did the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) deny them of obtaining duty free privilege documents.
He added that they have legitimate duty free privilege permit that was given since 2015 which was displayed in a telephone of one of his partners, a foreigner.
“I am surprise that the police will be investigating a company that belongs to me and I am not in the know, I am not aware of any investigation,” he said.
When contacted, The Management of GVL said at no time did GVL misuse any duty free privilege issued them by the Government of Liberia to clear on behalf of any company as being alleged. The management further noted that the issue with the fraudulent misuse of the company’s duty free privilege was done by some individuals and the police is investigating.
It is believed that these are things that have been taking place, where criminal companies operating in the country have been forging documents belonging to other companies to clear their goods or people of high profile are using their positions to exploit the Government of Liberia of needed revenue because of kickbacks.
According to documents in our possession, GVL duty free privilege was unlawfully used to clear ten (10) dump trucks and assorted spare parts from the Freeport of Monrovia belonging to the MHM EKO Liberia Inc. company earlier this year.
The criminality of using GVL privilege duty free document is currently being probed by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and Crime Services Department of the Liberia National Police (LNP); but during the investigation an employee of the Ministry of Finance’s Duty Free Section identified as Barry F. Tequah was arrested upon admitting to forging the signature of the Vice President for Strategy and Stakeholders of GVL.
According to a communication dated February 25, 2019, the GVL informed the Liberia National Police Inspector General, Patrick Sudue after they were informed by LRA that their duty free privilege was fraudulently used by one MHM ECO Liberia Inc. to clear their equipment.
Investigating the abuse and violation of GVL Liberia duty free permit, the LRA Post Clearance Audit Unit disclosed that a company named MHM EKO Liberia Inc. has falsified a duty free privilege belonging to GVL after said entity was denied duty free privilege by LRA