‘I Received Money from the WFP Contract,’ Says ‘Bishop’ Conto

first_img‘Bishop’ Manasseh Conto‘Bishop’ Manasseh Conto, who is being tried along with Stephen Kettor for allegedly duping a Korean businessman of US$134,000 from a vehicle rental contract with the World Food Program (WFP), has told Criminal Court ‘C’ that he actually received an unspecified amount from the arrangement.Conto claimed that he received his share of the US$134,000 from co-defendant Stephen Kettor, based on a tripartite agreement involving his company, SACS Group, the WFP, and Korea Trading Corporation that was managed by ‘Pastor’ Kettor.The two men are members of the International Mission for Today Church located in New Kru Town, Monrovia.Hungchi Choi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Korea Trading Corporation (KTC), during his testimony, alleged that the defendants through his then general manager, Henry Smith – who has been at large since the indictment – entered into a vehicle rental contract with the WFP valued at US$18,445 monthly for five months, from October 2014 to January 12, and up to March 2015, in the name of a fictitious company identified as SACS Group.Choi also claimed that a payment of US$92,225 was made for the five months, out of which the UN agency’s employees demanded US$12,500 as kickback, but that KTC did not receive a dime because he was absent when the contract was signed and approved.The contract was to supply vehicles to the WFP to facilitate the delivery of food and other items to victims during the Ebola outbreak.During his testimony, Conto said though Choi was out of the country, he and Kettor entered into the contract with the WFP.According to Conto, the Combi bus that his company used for the signing of the tripartite agreement was purchased from KTC, with an outstanding balance of US$5,000 yet to be paid.Defendant Conto also claimed that he wrote a promissory note assuring Choi that he was actually going to pay the US$5,000.“Before signing the WFP contract I told Kettor that I still owed the company US$5,000 and since Choi was not in the country at that time, it was impossible for me to provide the vehicle to the UN agency,” Conto claimed.“Kettor assured me that if I were to agree for him to use the vehicle as part of the contract, he would deduct the US$5,000 I owed, and afterward he was going to give the balance of US$7,500, which are yet to be collected up to the present.”Conto in his testimony did not say if he has paid the US$5,000, but insisted that the money was still in KTC’s Ecobank account, from which he is not authorized to withdraw money.When Choi testified, he claimed that although the defendants used the SACS name for the contract and received payment through KTC’s Ecobank account, however, they could not account for the US$92,225 meant as contract fees for the five months the WFP paid for.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

VIDEO: Romanian legend Gheorghe Hagi scores SENSATIONAL goal in training

first_img1 Watch Gheorghe Hagi’s amazing goal below… Gheorghe Hagi is a name familiar to every football fan, especially those who were big watchers of the sport in the 1990s.The Romanian legend, who spent a storied career with clubs such as Steaua Bucuresti, Real Madrid and Barcelona, now coaches in his homeland as manager of Liga I club Viitorul.However, he clearly still has the talent to be playing the game – judging by this video.Despite being 51-years-old, the former attacking midfielder decided to show up all his players in training by netting a truly sensational volley.Receiving a cross-field from the left-wing, Hagi let the ball drop before sending a composed volley dipping over the goalkeeper.You can watch the amazing goal below…last_img read more

Neil Simon Legendary American Playwright Passes Away at 91

first_imgNeil Simon, who wrote some of the most popular plays in the 20th century American theater, died at age 91 on August 26, 2018, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. His comedies ranged from “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park” to “The Sunshine Boys” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” At one point, in the late 1960s, he had four shows on Broadway at once.A statement from his reps said, “His wife, Elaine Joyce Simon, was at his bedside along with Mr. Simon’s daughters, Ellen Simon and Nancy Simon.”Neil Simon in 1974Variety reported, “In addition to his four Oscar nominations and 17 Tony nominations, Simon’s works brought an unsurpassed 50 Tony nominations for their actors. His competitive Tony wins came for  The Odd Couple (best playwright) and for best play for Lost in Yonkers and Biloxi Blues.”Simon spoke of his unhappy childhood having supplied him with a great deal of material.Simon in 1966Born on July 4, 1927, in the Bronx, Simon was the son of a garment industry salesman, Irving Simon, who abandoned the family more than once during his childhood, leaving Simon’s mother, May, to take care of Simon and his brother. When the family disintegrated further, he was sent to live with relatives.With Cy Coleman at piano rehearsing, 1982In his memoir Simon wrote, “When an audience laughed, I felt fulfilled. It was a sign of approval, of being accepted. Coming as I did from a childhood where laughter in the house meant security, but was seldom heard as often as a door slamming every time my father took another year’s absence from us, the laughter that came my way in the theater was nourishment.”He attended New York University as an enlistee in the Army Air Forces Air Reserve training program. He continued his studies at the University of Denver while assigned to a base nearby. His later military experience inspired the play  Biloxi Blues.Promotional photo of Imogene Coca and Sid Caesar from Your Show of Shows, 1952.Simon began his comedy career writing jokes for Jerry Lester, Phil Silvers, Jackie Gleason and Sid Caesar on “Your Show of Shows” and later “Caesar’s Hour.” He left behind the grind of joke writing when his play Come Blow Your Horn was a success.His next play, Barefoot in the Park, was an even greater hit, starring Robert Redford. It was based on Simon’s life, newly married to his first wife.His theatrical successes ran the gamut from Sweet Charity to Chapter Two.Photo of Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as Felix Ungar from the original Broadway production of The Odd Couple. 1965Mr. Simon’s screenwriting career included many adaptations of his plays. In addition to Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple (with the original stage star, Walter Matthau, and Jack Lemmon replacing Art Carney), he wrote the screenplays for The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” with  Lemmon and Anne Bancroft, and The Sunshine Boys, with Matthau and George Burns, as well as Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and Lost in Yonkers.Photo of Tony Randall (Felix), Marlyn Mason (Lisa), and Jack Klugman (Oscar) from the television program The Odd CoupleHe also wrote original movies, including The Out-of-Towners, the period spoof  Murder by Death, The Goodbye Girl, The Cheap Detective, Max Dugan Returns, The Slugger’s Wife, and The Heartbreak Kid, a black comedy, directed by Elaine May and starring Charles Grodin and Cybill Shepherd.Neil Simon at his Park Avenue residence Photo by Rtbarretto CC BY-SA 3.0“No playwright in Broadway’s long and raucous history has so dominated the boulevard as the softly astringent Simon,” wrote a New Yorker critic. “For almost half a century, his comedies have offered light at the end of whatever dark tunnel America has found itself in.”Plaque at the rear of The City Centre building, West 56th Street New York NY Photo by Spudgun67 CC BY-SA 4.0According to Variety, Simon said that he sat at a typewriter for eight hours every day “and constantly banging on the keys even if he was writing gibberish, because he needed the regularity of constantly writing.”Read another story from us: Olivia de Havilland turns 102! What is the ‘Gone With the Wind’ star doing now?In 2006 Neil Simon won the Mark Twain Prize for Humor, presented by the Kennedy Center. Simon married five times. He is survived by his wife, actress Elaine Joyce; three daughters; three grandchildren and one great-grandson.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at *Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone*, and *InStyle*, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more