LACC boss taken to court over tax invasion


Former employees of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission have taken to Court the Commissions’ Chairperson Cllr. James Verdier for what they termed as over taxation while in the employ of the entity.
The past LACC workers to include: Daniel B. Tipayson, Executive Director, Aaron Henry Aboah, Program Manager/enforcement, Roosevelt Doe, chief of operations, D. Blamo Kofa, chief of investigations, Wonder K. Freeman, internal auditor, Comfort Wotorson, special assistant to the executive director and Patrick Nyumah, chief of intelligence complained that they allegedly pay a 25% tax rate on their salaries contrary to the specified 10% tax rate as spelled out by law.
According to the petitioners few of whom are representing the legal interest of over 60 people. The respondent (Cllr James Verdier) upon receiving the complaint, officially communicated with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning for refund in the tone of 118,448.31 which according to documents in our possession was accepted by the Ministry.
Upon accepting the claim, the Ministry refunded the complaining party with an initial capital of 45, 027.85 United States Dollars as part of the original amount.
They also accused Cllr Verdier of allegedly taking 30,000.00 United States dollars of subsequent payment made by the Ministry of Finance for the purchase of an electric power generator.
They argued that neither the board of commissioners nor the chairperson of the LACC has the legal authority to expend funds that do not belong to the entity.
In an eight count petition to the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice presided over by her honor Eva Mappy Morgan, prayed the court to hold the LACC boss liable and make him pay debts of US$57,105.64 and pay all statutory interest for the period of what they call unlawful withholding.
The petitioners speaking to KMTV news vowed to pursuer the legal means to its logical conclusion.
Meanwhile, a seven count document in our possession quotes the accused (Cllr. Verdier) of filing a motion for an immediate dismissal of the case or claims made against him.
He wants the case dismissed because according to him; it was an unintentional oversight during the establishment of the entity (LACC) that led to the overtaxing of all staffs. But according to him, the mistake was rectified immediately after it was brought to his attention as executive chair of the institution.