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CS Officer Held For Fraud

A correctional service officer, 48 years old and from Kokopo in East New Britain Province was arrested this afternoon by the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, for 68 counts of false pretence and misappropriation of funds of K831, 565. 53.

The officer (named) who works at the CS headquarters was arrested after investigations revealed that his company, failed to supply the required materials or items to the CS headquarters and other establishments throughout the country.

In 2010, he was alleged, to have incorporated a company ‘Merc-Tech Electronics Limited’ as the principal owner.

However, other directors named on the IPA records are ghost names but it was him being the same person with different names.

“In 2010, he opened a bank account with BSP, Waigani Branch and him the sole signatory.”

After the bank account was opened, he submitted monthly claims to purchase printers, copiers, fax machines and tonners for PNG CS Headquarters and other CS establishments throughout the country.

But when the claims were processed, he collected cheques and deposited them into the account of his company.

After the cheques were cleared, he wrote cash cheques and made payments to individuals and for his personal use.

However, his company never supplied the items.

After completion of his investigations, he was picked up at this officer and was brought in for questioning and later locked in the cell after the arrest process was completed.

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