USA-Former escaped Roberts International Airport Managing Director, Ellen Corkrum will face a 30 years jail sentence next year after pleading guilty to defrauding the US government of over US$6 million dollars, a source close to the court has hinted this network.
Miss Corkrum pleaded guilty yesterday in Atlanta Georgia, following a plea deal struck with the prosecution after being caught making false claims under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) program.
The PPP loan program created in 2019, seeks to help small businesses stay afloat during the Covid-19 period across America bridging payroll gaps and operational expenses. According to court records in possession of this network, Corkrum falsified documents and applications claiming she operates over four businesses some of which include construction firms. A whopping over US$ 6 million was wired by the US for those companies.
But investigators found out that her application and claims made were falsely leading to her arrest and subsequent indictment. She’s expected to be sentenced on January 4, 2022.
The former RIA boss fled Liberia after bagging over US$2million through a South African construction firm she created with no or limited know-how. The funds were intended for rehabilitation works on Liberia’s main airport runway system. She has since denied the allegations claiming the charge is political and witch hunt.
Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, under whose watch the alleged crime was committed, moved to file an extradition request to the US to have her return home to face prosecution. However, the move was short-lived as the US was baffled over a fair trial in the West African state where its justice system remains broken and corrupt.