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The Ministry of Finance says it will begin the payment of salary arrears for a number of key Government Agencies, including the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Barely two weeks more to the Festive Christmas Celebration,
A Finance Ministry release quoting the Comptroller General of Liberia, Mr. James Boker, said the payment of salary arrears will commence this Tuesday, December 16, 2008 with the Armed Forces of Liberia.
Mr. Boker disclosed that the two months salary arrears payment will also include the Liberia National Police, the Special Security Service, the National Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization.
Other Agencies to receive salary arrears on Tuesday are the National Security Agency, the Liberia National Fire Service, the Drug Enforcement of Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the NPA; among others.
Last week, the Finance Ministry completed the payment of regular salary to civil servants through out the country ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Meanwhile, a payroll cleanup exercise currently ongoing at the Ministry of Finance has begun unearthing stunning syndicates, the Ministry says.
Following a three-week painstaking examination of the payroll of AFL pensioners, investigation at Finance Ministry spearheaded by the new Chief Disbursing Officer of Liberia, Mrs. Eudora Pritchard, have uncovered 68 names of AFL retirees on government payroll linked to complex fraud in the payment of AFL Pensioners.
The AFL retirees used different fictitious names and ID card numbers but with the same faces to collect pension checks.
The case involving the 68 individuals and their fictitious ID Cards will be turned over to the Justice Ministry for full scale prosecution, the Finance Ministry said in a release.
The AFL Pensioners Payroll investigation has given indication that certain photo studios and ID-Card Centers in Monrovia are involved in the manufacturing of ID-Cards for AFL Pensioners to facilitate the check syndicates.
The Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Justice are currently keeping security surveillance in order to apprehend the operators of ID Card Centers and photo studios that may be involved for possible prosecution.
The payroll cleanup exercise was commissioned recently at the Ministry by Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan to stamp out fraud and restore integrity in the payment AFL Pensioners.
Though painstaking, the exercise will continue for a couple of months, and it is expected that the results will certainly sanitize the highly problematic Liberian payroll system.
It can be recalled that the Ministry of Finance suspended the entire Bank Reconciliation Section of the Ministry in the aftermath of the discovery of massive fraud bordering recycling of salary checks for civil servants as well as dismantled syndicate of LPA Check Brokers purporting to have Legal Powers of Attorney.
The Ministry says it is absolutely committed to vigorously continue to cleaning up of payrolls of all government ministries and agencies not only to capture the huge losses associated with checks-related syndicates, but other acti9vities that may be duping the Liberian people of huge resources that could help to rebuild the country.