Thirty-six-year-old Martus Ninigori from Kafetugu village, Eastern Highlands Province, was arrested and charged with one count of false pretense under s.466 and another count of conspiracy to defraud under s.407 of the Criminal Code Act.
According to court documents, Sterly Ubimo was asked by the defendant to use his Kinne Building & Construction company account to stash money and promised Ubimo a cut in the payment.
Police alleged that Ubimo was informed about the deposit of K274,500 and withdrew the money without giving it to the defendant.
Five days later, the defendant was alleged to have met with Ubimo’s friends who paid him K4000 from his money deposited.
Last Thursday, the defendant surrendered to the police at the BSP Security Fraud Investigation Office at Gordon’s.
Police alleged that the defendant was unemployed at the time of the offence hence he was interviewed about the fraudulent deposit of the money.
Following the interview, the defendant was charged and detained at Boroko Police Station cells awaiting court appearances.
He made his first District Court appearance on Tuesday before Magistrate Cosmas Bidar, where he was arraigned. The matter was adjourned to December 19 to allow police to investigate the case.
His co-accused are still at large and are yet to be located.
(Article by Jasmine Iru – third year UPNG Journalism student)