Liberia: Corruption Hits Finance Ministry
Confidential documents belonging to the Ministry of Finance have been sneaked out to the public by some unscrupulous employees in the ministry in an attempt to blackmail authorities there, according to a release.
In a press release, Deputy Finance Minister for Administration Jordan Sulonteh said it has come to his attention that some employees of the ministry were engaged in fraudulent activities, including forging signatures, leaking of documents and theft of proprieties, which tend to undermine productivity.
Sulonteh said some employees are in the habits of leaking confidential documents to the public and media and in return go after those officials being targeted to solicit bribes in order to stop the publication.
According to the Deputy Finance Boss, leaking documents to the public by elements within the ministry is corruption and warned that such attitude must stop.
He cited the forging of his signature by some employees to steal over US$ 5,000 from the ministry’s coffers recently and a vehicle theft involving four employees of the transport division at the ministry, amongst others. Sulonteh said employees linked to these acts would be dismissed and prosecuted.