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Double land Two land administrators in persons of Peter B. Elliott and Oretha C. Johnson including their unlicensed surveyor suspect Abdullah M. Sheriff are facing multiple criminal charges after selling three acres of land which Peter and his late mother Oretha H. Johnson had allegedly sold previously to another buyer before her demise.

Defendants Peter Elliott, Abdullah Sheriff and Oretha C. Johnson are due to answer to charges in court ranging from criminal conspiracy to criminal facilitation, aiding and consummation of crime, theft of property and criminal conveyance of land based on a police investigation surrounding the alleged land deal.

The police charge sheet says Peter’s late mother Oretha H. Johnson had taken over the property situated in Brewerville Township, in Montserrado after the death of John Timblic and Robert A. Timblic and began selling between 1998 and 1999.

The late Oretha and her son Peter allegedly received from Yawa Fatu Tamba L$94,000 and L$85,000 respectively between 1998 and 1999 for three and half acres of land. But after the transaction, police found that Oretha died and was subsequently buried, bringing Oretha C. Johnson on board as Peter’s co-administrator to the property in question.

By the time Yawa Fatu Tamba came back to engage Peter and Oretha to get her land, police say the defendants and the unlicensed surveyor Sheriff conspired and additionally received US$2,650 from Yawa and the late Nancy Ibe Roberts in 2014 with the impression to relocate and add one acre to the three and half acres she bought earlier.

“… But defendants Peter B. Elliott, Oretha C. Johnson and Abdullah M. Sheriff diverted the money into their personal use and refused to give the said property,” police say. Police said accused persons admitted receiving US$800 from the late Nancy Ibe Roberts instead of US$2,650 alleged, and promised to give two additional lots of land.

Additionally, police say defendant Abdullah conducted a survey without the parties present and produced deeds from the survey without the buyer knowing or visiting site.

By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B. Garblah

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