The alleged criminals, identified as Govina Lacto, 48, a resident of Nicklees Town, Paynesville and Alex Toh, 46, resident of Chocolate City Community in Gardnerville, were arrested in 9th Street community in Sinkor on July 4 based on a tip off, Police Director Chris Massaquoi told reporters Tuesday July 7, 2015 at the LNP Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
Col. Massaquoi said following the tip off, officers of the Crime Services Division immediately moved on the 9th Street at about 4:25 P.M. to set up surveillance to spot, identify, and arrest counterfeiters.
Col. Massaquoi: “These two individuals arrested are believed to be the ring leaders in the syndicate of running a counterfeiting operation mainly in Monrovia and elsewhere in the country; duping innocent victims of their legitimate cash and properties,” he said.
He disclosed that while LNP investigators were keeping up the surveillance, they spotted the culprits leaving the 9th Street environs on board a green Nissan vehicle and put up a chase and they arrested suspects.
Col. Massaquoi disclosed that Govina and Alex have been in con-artist activities since the ‘90s along with a team to be identified.
The syndicate of Govina and Alex usually cajole their victims to believe that Equatorial Palm oil Liberia, Sime Darby and other institutions are in search of anti-bulk, Chlorine and other chemicals to buy, and as such, they create amongst themselves, local dealers, sales agents, as well as, chemists in order to carry out their criminal activities, Col. Massaquoi disclosed.
Col. Massaquoi further disclosed that Govina and Alex were last arrested in 2014 when they defrauded the Ministry of Agriculture through check encashment.
However, the LNP Inspector General said police has no control over repetitious crime.
“There are penalties on the book for such crimes, police can arrest, charge and forward to court for prosecution, and those criminals can served their terms and later be freed,” Inspector Massaquoi maintained.
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