Ophoree Diah in USD65, 000 dragnet -Charged With Theft of Property, but Released On Bail

A former ex- general of one of the belligerent groups during the brutal civil war, Mr. Ophoree Diah has been arrested, charged and forwarded to court for alleged theft of property belonging to Madam Lucretia Turnquist, a Liberian national based in the United States of America. He was placed on the prison bench at the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 to answer to the charges levied against him.

According to the police charge sheet, complainant Lucretia Turnquist in 2020 wired to Liberia over USD65, 000 to Counsellor Roosevelt Gould to purchase a dump truck for her. Giving information how she got to know Ophoree Diah, she said prior to the wiring the money, Counsellor Gould was hired by suspect Diah and Madam Ellen Corkrum to serve as legal representatives in drafting an Article of Incorporation for a company that was to be established as WOLF DAVID INC and that the sharing formula between Ophoree and a son of Madam Cockrum whom she did not name, was to be a 50-50 affairs. She further said that she also got to know defendant Diah through a brother of hers named Cyrus Cooper who told her that the defendant was a good friend of his.

Madam Turnquist said giving the connection that existed between counsellor Gould and the defendant and when the counsellor on behalf of the complainant had paid USD 65, 000 to the management of Evergreen Import and Export, located in Congo Town for a white 2019 Howo Sino dump truck, the vehicle remained still parked at the company until the buyer was informed that they could no longer keep the vehicle at their premises

She said the counselor was looking for an area to have the truck kept, defendant Diah chose to have said vehicle kept at his premises and as such, Counselor Gould agreed and immediately communicated verbally with the company providing full disclosure of the defendant identity as the person that will take custody of the truck.

As the result of the communication, defendant Diah took along with him a driver only identified as Fayiah who drove the vehicle to a place where defendant Diah chose to be kept until the arrival of complainant Lucretia to Liberia.

Defendant Diah was invited by police investigation and advised to bring forth the truck but has refused to do so.

He was arrested, investigated and charged with multiple criminal offences including theft, unauthorized use of vehicle and misapplication of entrusted property. He was however released on bail after his lawyer completed all formalities with the condition that he will be produced in court anytime he is needed.

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