Logging Company Dragged Into PUP US$6M Fraud Trial

first_imgThe ongoing US$6M Private Use Permit (PUP) case involving four former senior managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy has taken a dramatic turn, after a logging company, Universal Forest Corporation, was accused of paying a bribe to get the permit.The company is expected to appear before Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ today to provide the original copy of the receipt allegedly obtained from one of the defendants, John Kantor, former FDA technical manager for commercial service.Kantor, along with other senior management officials  of the FDA, including the  dismissed Managing Director Moses Wogbeh, are on trial for their individual roles in facilitating the wrongful and illegal issuance of sixty-one PUPs that authorized commercial logging operation on the 2.5 million hectares of farm land, in which Universal is implicated for bribery.The decision to cite Universal Forest Corporation came immediately following the testimony by a state witness, James Dorbor Jallah, who chaired the Presidential Special Independent Investigation Body (SIIB).  His testimony linked the logging company for having paid a bribe for the performance of services they were required to do under the PUP.In his testimony, Jallah further alleged, “John Kantor was one of those members of the senior management team of the FDA on whom we found evidence indicating that he (Kantor) had received money from logging companies as was provided in the report.”He further testified, “I do not remember all of the names but their names are listed in the report that was marked in evidence yesterday.”When Jallah was asked by prosecution during his testimony to identify a photocopy of the alleged receipt issued by defendant Kantor to the logging company, he replied, “ I recognized this instrument (receipt) to be the one submitted to us during the investigation by the Universal Forest Corporation, based upon our request for all individuals, companies, communities and organizations to submit any and all documents that were in their possession relating to the issuance and operation of the PUP.”Again asked where was the original?  The state witness said, “The copy that was received by our committee were photocopies of the originals. The company did not submit the original copy of that document.” It was following that testimony that the state lawyers asked Judge Gbeneweleh to mandate the logging company to produce the original copy of the receipt they received from defendant Kantor.In their request to the court, prosecution said, “At this stage counsel for the prosecution requests your Honor for the issuance of an order (subpoena) on the management of Universal Forest Corporation to produce the original copy of the instrument (receipt) same being a cash receipt issued the said company by Mr. John Kantor dated October 20, 2011 on the stationary of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).”Accepting prosecution’s request, Judge Gbeneweleh declared that “Submission is hereby granted. The clerk of this court is hereby ordered to issue the Subpoena and place same in the hand of sheriff commanding the Subpoena entity to produce the original copy of the instrument (receipt) herein named before this Honorable court on Thursday, April 9, 2014, at 9  a.m.  It is hereby so ordered.” The crimes for which the four former senior managers of the FDA and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy are being tried include economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting, obtaining and issuing deceptive writings and obstruction of government functions by public servants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coach moves up to top spot

first_img[email protected] (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Everyone’s favorite right-hand man is finally the head honcho. Dean Herrington, a successful assistant football coach for more than two decades – including stints at Hart High, Occidental College and most recently College of the Canyons – is the new head coach at Alemany High in Mission Hills, replacing Ted Corcoran. “I’ve been an assistant coach for 22 years. It’s time for me to be a head coach,” Herrington said Friday. “It’s a good opportunity and I’m looking forward to it.” Herrington, younger brother of Hart head coach Mike Herrington, helped Hart go 122-23 with 10 Foothill League titles and four section championships in 11 years before leaving in 2000. The 42-year-old offensive coordinator – known for his high-powered passing offense – spent one season at Division III Occidental, followed by a five-year run at Canyons through this past season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThrough the years, 15 quarterbacks who have played under Herrington have received football scholarships – including NFL starter Kyle Boller, who remains a close friend and golf partner. Alemany, which recently hired Saugus High administrator Frank Ferry as its new principal, finished 3-7 last season. “Frank Ferry is very supportive of not just football but all sports,” Herrington said. The Herrington brothers live together in Newhall, and Hart and Alemany are just 10 miles apart, but Dean said there are no plans to schedule a game between the two. “It will never happen as long as I’m coach,” Dean said. last_img read more


first_imgIt has been a year in the planning and tonight the 2011 Earagail Arts Festival kicks-off in spectacular fashion.It may not officially be the first event of the two week long carnival of theatre, song, music and dance but the festival parade announces to Donegal that the Earagail Arts Festival has officially started. As dusk falls a carnival cornucopia of flora and fauna takes to the streets of the Cathedral Town for the opening evening of the 23rd annual festival.The parade features an exotic blend of leopard and zebra dancers, lions and tigers, stilt-walking giraffes, burlesque pink flamingo dancers and a whole lot of monkey business.But this veritable paradise is about to be rudely disturbed as some menacing figures lurch from the shadows.A carnival parade featuring illuminated props, live music and stunning performance presented by arts and community groups across the North West led by Inishowen Carnival Group. Earlier on in the evening The Prodigal Theatre presents The Tragedian at An Grianan while at the Letterkenny Town Park, a Feast of the Senses kicks-of at 9pm.But that’s just for starters.What follows over the next two weeks will be a feast of main courses, side dishes and deserts to satisfy the most curious of pallets!Donegaldaily.com will bring you updates from many of the events as we catch them.*We can’t be everywhere so if you have pictures of your time at the Earagail Arts Festival email them to us and we’ll put them up on the site. There’ll be a prize for the picture which best captures the spirit of the festival!Ends EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL 2011 : LET THE FUN BEGIN! was last modified: July 9th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Earagail Arts Festival 2011last_img read more