National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate

Basil referred to Fraud

The executive arm of the party released a statement recently, to say they have issued a formal complaint to restrain Basil from conducting any business under the banner of MA.

MA Party President James Chamilou stated that the party’s executive arm has registered a formal complaint with the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate to conduct proper investigation for abuse of office and official corruption, conspiracy, false pretense, forgery and altering the party logo.

Fraud detectives arrest former Registrar of Companies

In a statement, Fraud Director Matthew Damaru said detectives arrested and charged Alex Tongayu, aged 40, on November 8th, 2018, with one count of forgery and one count of uttering.

Detectives claimed that Tongayu, who is from Walumi village, Hela Province, had forged the signature of the then Minister for Trade and Commerce, Richard Maru, on National Gazette number G441.

Tongayu allegedly appointed himself as duly appointed by the National Government as the Registrar of Companies and Chairman of Securities Commission.

Police close file on PM’s case in Paul Paraka saga

In a statement, Police Commissioner Gari Baki said Chief Superintendent Damaru made this known in a comprehensive brief to the Office of the Commissioner on the status of the ongoing investigations into the allegations of fraudulent payments being made to the law firm, which implicated the Prime Minister and resulted in the warrant of arrest obtained against him on 12 June 2014.

3 more Gulf men arrested for fraud

The first arrest was carried out on 2 February in NCD, which saw Luke Damu from Wowobo village, Kikori District, get charged with:

  • One count of official corruption
  • One count of false pretence
  • Four counts of making documents without authority
  • Two counts of conspiracy to defraud
  • One count of offering bribery and
  • One count of misappropriation of K274,250.28 belonging to Gopera Investment Ltd

 

Correctional Service staff arrested

Solomon Junt Warur, 48, from Rainau village, Kokopo district in East New Britain Province, was arrested on December 14 and charged with 68 counts of false pretense and 68 counts of misappropriation of funds.

National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate director, Matthew Damaru, says Warur is employed by CS as a sergeant and communication officer at CS headquarters.

“It is alleged that in 2010, he incorporated a company known as Merc-Tech Electronics Ltd,” says Damaru.

Bail application refused for convicted cop

Stanley Poga from Mikin village in Chimbu’s Chuave district was convicted and sentenced to jail on September 28 by Justice George Manuhu at the Waigani National Court.

This was after he assaulted the Director of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, Matthew Damaru, on the morning of April 30, 2015.

Since his sentence, he filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against that conviction and sentence on 15th October.

While awaiting that appeal to go for hearing, Poga filed an application in the National Court seeking bail after conviction.

​Another officer arrested over alleged funds misuse

Project coordinator of the Manus Provincial Government, Simon Pondrilei, was arrested last week Thursday, June 1, and charged with Abuse of Public Office and Official Corruption.

Pondrilei, who is 61 years old, is from Tilienu village, Rambutso, Rapatona LLG, Lorengau, Manus.

He was arrested and charged by the Port Moresby Fraud Squad team in Manus following investigations.

Manus Police Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said he was later released on K1000 bail and he is to appear in the Lorengau District Court today.

Former judiciary services staff arrested

Ms Rachael Tony, aged 26, of Hula village, Rigo district in Central Province, was interviewed and charged yesterday with one count of obtaining goods by false pretence.

In a statement, NFACD director, Matthew Damaru, said: “The charge emanated from an Island Mobile Hire Cars rental agreement she signed on behalf of NJSS for hire of a vehicle for 30 days.”

Damaru said she allegedly made representation to the hire car firm that the deputy chief justice would be using the vehicle.

Sakora’s lawyer joins case

Loani Henao, who is representing Justice Sir Bernard Sakora, was granted leave by the Waigani National Court this morning to be heard in the leave stage of the review that was filed by Inspector Joel Simatab, from the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, and his Director, Chief Superintendent Matthew Damaru, on June 30 last year.

The review was filed challenging the Committal Court's decision to dismiss the case against Justice Sir Bernard Sakora, who was then facing allegations of judicial corruption.

No legal representation for fraud officers

Inspector Joel Simatab, from the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, and his Director Chief Superintendent Matthew Damaru, on June 30 last year filed a judicial review challenging the District Court's decision to dismiss the case against Justice Sir Bernard Sakora, who was then facing allegations of judicial corruption.

Being officers of the Royal PNG Constabulary and acting in their capacity, they wrote to the Attorney General seeking approval for legal representation as per section 7 of the Attorney General’s Act.