‘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

BUSINESSES GETTING BEHIND GAA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE – NOW HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!

first_imgSome of the local business that have come on board to sponsor advertiseing boards at Convoy GAA Centre of Excellence, included are Ciaran Kelly, Michael Mc Menamin, James Boyle, Barry Mackey and Frankie Doherty Photo Brian McDaidBUSINESSES and individuals are throwing their weight behind the new GAA Centre of Excellence  and Training Centre in Convoy.And here’s your chance to get involved in an incredible initiative which will serve players from underage to senior level over the next few years.Businesses who purchase a pitch sign before 31st December 2013 for €500 could WIN the naming rights of the Centre for 2 Years. The cost of the sign – with your company logo displayed on the grounds for minimum 3 years – is included in the €500.Individuals and fans can also buy a plot for just €20 at the centre and they will be in a draw for 1st Prize €2k, 2nd Prize €1k 3rd Prize €500“When the the Centre is fully operational the facility will serve the needs of our county teams, development squads, clubs schools and colleges for both the ladies and men’s Gaa in football, hurling and camogie,” says county board treasurer Grace Boyle.“Get behind us and let’s achieve this for all our young people.” Visit http://www.donegalgaa.ie – or click on the advert on the front of Donegal Daily! BUSINESSES GETTING BEHIND GAA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE – NOW HERE’S YOUR CHANCE! was last modified: November 20th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BUSINESSES GETTING BEHIND GAA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE – NOW HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!last_img read more