Liberia seeks US help to track down missing millions

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The government of Liberia has asked the United States to assist in tracking down more than $100 million in missing cash.

Several shipments of freshly printed Liberian dollars ordered from abroad by the central bank have been unaccounted for since they passed through the country’s main ports in November 2017 and August this year, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said on Tuesday.

Minister of Justice Frank Musa Dean said the Liberian government had sought U.S. help in investigating the whereabouts of the cash, equivalent to nearly five percent of Liberia’s GDP.

The U.S. government is considering helping Liberia track down the missing cash, an embassy spokesman said, in a case that has triggered a political crisis in the country.

Washington has worked with the Liberian government on fiscal transparency and governance issues in the past.

“(We) are reviewing the request for assistance,” the U.S. embassy spokesman told Reuters via email late on Thursday.

Titi