For Defrauding USAID, Ex-Aid Workers Sentenced to 12 Years in Jail

Containers with U.S. food aid in Liberia. Two former aid workers were each slapped with nearly 12 years of jail time for defrauding the U.S. Agency for International Development of $1.9 million earmarked for food and infrastructure projects in Liberia. Photo by: USAID/OFDA

Two former aid workers were each slapped with nearly 12 years of jail time for defrauding the U.S. Agency for International Development of $1.9 million earmarked for food and infrastructure projects in Liberia.

A U.S. district court ruled Tuesday (April 26) that Joe Bondo, 39, and Morris Fahnbulleh, 41, should also pay a total of $1.2 million in restitution.

Bondo and Fahnbulleh, former supervisors with World Vision’s Liberia office, were convicted of conspiracy, mail and wire fraud and making false claims in November 2010.

>> 2 Liberians Convicted of Stealing US Aid Money

The two Liberians were found guilty of selling U.S.-funded food aid intended for fellow Liberians and keeping the proceeds, Agence France-Presse reports.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.