Central man arrested for misappropriating over K1m

The National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate has arrested a man from Kairuku-Hiri District of Central Province for misappropriating over one million kina.

Konia Lohia, 33, from Porebada Village, was charged with three counts of misappropriation and three counts of money laundering; money belonging to the ANZ Bank.

Lohia was employed by the bank as Asset Finance Officer between May 2013 and March 2015, when he and two other bank officers invented a scheme where they falsified and processed debit vouchers through several unsuspecting accounts and credited Lohia’s accounts.

He resigned from the Bank in 2015 and in 2016, wrote to the bank admitting the fraud and promised to repay the money, which to date he hasn’t.

The bank reported the matter which led to Lohia’s arrest on the 11th of July 2018.

Investigations are continuing to arrest the two co-accused.

Charmaine Poriambep