​Western trio sentencing today

The Waigani National Court is expected to hand down its sentencing today for Western Governor Ati Wobiro, former Western Provincial Administrator Dr Modowa Gumoi, and Fly Care Foundation Inc. boss Norman Carl May.

Justice Martin Ipang is expected to hand down his decision this morning.

The three were found guilty on July 26 for conspiring to establish the Fly Care Foundation between January 1 and December 30, 2013, by using over more than K7m funding from the provincial government.

They conspired to misappropriate funds through a memorandum of agreement between Governor Wobiro and May for the Foundation to deliver projects in the province.

Justice Ipang, in his ruling on July 26, said there was overwhelming evidence that Wobiro paid K350,000 to New Century hotel as  a cover up for informal sector projects, when it was actually intended for his electoral officials who led his campaign in the 2012 General Elections.

It was also found that he paid out monies for various church projects in the province without following proper processes.

Justice Ipang further found that despite some programs completed by Fly Care Foundation Inc, no proper reports were given or made to the court.

Submissions were made on Sept 26 to court on what their appropriate penalties should be.

They have been on bail of K10,000 since July.

Sally Pokiton