Bishop and Asst. Pastor Jailed on Multiple Criminal charges

Renowned Liberian Cleric, Bishop P. Mannesshe Conto and his Assistant Steven Kettor were ordered incarcerated on Monday by Judge Emery Paye, after they failed to file a valid criminal appearance bond to secure their release.

Bishop Conto, General Overseer of the Mission for Today Holy Church in New Kru Town and his Assistant Pastor are facing criminal charges at Criminal court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice.

Defendants Conto and Kettor are standing trial on allegation of robbing a Korean National of over  one hundred thousand United States Dollars (US$ 100. 000).

Farbric News reporter covering the court said he saw prosecution lawyers on Monday cross examining Bishop Conto on the witness stand.

Both clergy men have denied the claims.

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According to the indictment, defendant Kettor was in July 2014 employed by Korean national Hungchi Choi as General Manager of the Korea Trading Corporation (KTC), a vehicle sales and rental company.

The indictment further states that while Hungchi was away in South Korea during the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, Kettor was left in-charge of the company, with 31 vehicles.

Kettor, with collaboration from Conto allegedly sold and rented some of the KTC’s vehicles, thereby raising several hundred thousand United States dollars and converted the proceeds into their personal use.

The two religious leaders is alleged generated US$155,930 but reported US$38,846 to the company. It’s also claimed that Kettor under priced five vehicles, though costing the company US$13,200 in loses.

By: Joseph Taryon

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