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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

MARIA LUYKEN, OTHERS INDICTED FOR THEFT OF PROPERTY, CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY

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LIBERIA – The grand jurors for Montserrado County upon an oath do hereby find more probably than, not that defendants Reginald Taylor, Maria Morgan Luyken, Amos Benjamin, S. Bismark Appleton, Meattia Yancy, Ralph Johnson and other to be identified, did conspires, facilities and did commit the crimes of theft of property which is in violation of 4 LCLR title 26, section 15.51 (a) and 4 LCLR title 26,section 2.2 (a) and (a) and 4LCLR title 26 section 15.6 (a) (b),(e ),(g)and( k) and 4 LCLR, title 26, section 15.54 of the statutory law of the Republic of Liberia.

It can be recalled, on November 4, 2020, the individuals mentioned were arrested, acquainted with their constitutional rights, investigated, and subsequently charged with the commission of the crime of theft of property, conspiracy, and fraud respectively.

According to the indictment, between the period of October 2020 up to and including November 4, 2020, defendant Morgan with mind and intent to commit a crime, designed and developed a criminal scheme, organized a purported criminal enterprise named “Cycle of Life Fellowship” with the intent to trick and dupe Liberians.

“The defendant Morgan having the said dubious organization, knowingly, purposely, criminally and intentionally did take, defraud, deprive and steal monies from the private prosecutors and private prosecutrix in the amount of US$378,490.00.”

The crime of thefts of property defendants Reginald Taylor, Marian Morgan Luyken, Amos Benjamin, S. Bismarck Appleton, Meattia Yancy, and Ralph Johnson in relation to the property and services “Obtain” means to bring about a transfer or purported transfer of an interest in the property, whether to the defendant or another and secure performance thereof.

“Property of another means property in which a person other than the actor has an interest which the actor is not privileged to infringe without consent regardless of the fact the actor also has an interest in the property and regardless of the fact that the other person might be precluded from civil recovery because the property was used in the unlawful transaction or was subject to forfeiture as security interest bearing therein even if legal title is in the creditor pursuant to a conditional sales contract of another security agreement.

A person is guilty of conspiracy to commit a crime if, with the purpose of promoting or facilitating it commission, agrees with one or more persons to engage in or cause the performance or conduct which constitutes the crime, and anyone or more of such persons does an act to effect the objective of the conspiracy.

Further, if a person knows that one with whom he agrees or has agreed will with another to affect the same objective, he shall be deemed to have agreed the with other, whether or not he knows the other identity.

Meanwhile, Madam Luyken and the others have been arrested and sent to court on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at the Monrovia Central Prison pending trial by Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.

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