Prosecutor notes improvement in cooperation

When her office phone rang recently, she was delighted to find it was a senior Royal PNG Constabulary fraud investigator seeking the OPP’s feedback on whether he was on track in seeking to crack an important fraud case.

The police officer’s call to Roalakona came the morning after a three-day workshop on fraud investigation and prosecution, organised by the OPP with support from the PNG-Australia Partnership.

Chinese 'love mother' jailed for fraud

Li Yanxia was found guilty at Wu'an Court in Hebei province on Wednesday of extortion, fraud, forgery and disturbing social order.

The former orphanage owner, who was once nicknamed "Love Mother", was also fined 2.67m yuan (£311,000; $388,000).

Fifteen accomplices, including her boyfriend, were also convicted.

The court found that Li Yanxia - also known as Li Lijuan - had "abused the orphanage's influence".

Solomons election fraudster registered seven aliases

Police said the 50-year-old man from Malaita province used different dates of birth and other details for each alias.

Only one of them was his true identity.

He was arrested on Tuesday and charged with seven counts of providing misleading information, an offence under the country's new Electoral Act, which carries a maximum penalty of $US6,000 or five years imprisonment or both.

Police said more election fraud cases relating to the voter registration period were being investigated.

Morobe Block transfer a “fraud”

The National Court made the declaration in a Human Rights proceeding, that the Agriculture Lease, transferred to William Onglo is a case of fraud and will be subject to further court hearing.

The case over an area of 4 hectares at nine mile, was made the subject of a 99 year Agriculture lease in 1988, granted to the Nine Mile Farming Business Group Incorporated. 

In 2013 the Lease was transferred to William Onglo. Ben Titi, Ken Gaso and 12 other persons, who claim to be long-term occupiers of the land, filed the case, disputing the transfer title.

Lae City Council members arrested

Investigators have found credible evidence to charge certain employees of the Lae City Council. 

Of the four, three are cashiers and one is an accountant. 

The charges laid are:

1.   A male cashier has been charged one count each on misappropriation, abuse of office and false pretence for the amount of K11,897.44.

2.  A male cashier has been charged one count of misappropriation and stealing for an amount of K20,029.62.

Woman pleads guilty for fraud

Rachel Tony of Hula, Rigo, Central province was arrested and charged with obtaining goods by false pretense.

She admitted to the allegations before court and was found guilty accordingly early this week.

Tony will return to court on 14 May, to give time to the Probation Office to prepare two reports that will assist the court make its decision on her sentence.

She was a personal assistant to the chief justice when she made representations to a hire car firm, for a vehicle for 30 days, and signed rental agreement on behalf of NJSS.


Department of Agriculture secretary arrested

Dr. Vele Pat Ila’ava, aged 56 of Viriolo village, Abau district, Central Province, was arrested on 26 February 2018 in Port Moresby.

He was interviewed and charged with 11 counts of abuse of office and 9 counts of official corruption resulting in the misappropriation of more than K1.9 million, the property of Independent State of Papua New Guinea.

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


Four year sentence for Fraudster

Addi Ewana Kekea, also known as Junior Aiwana Vali of Alukuni village, Hula, Central province was sentenced by the Waigani National Court to four years in prison on Friday for obtaining monies totaling K20,500 by false pretense on four different occasions.

The 49 year old pleaded guilty before the court to obtaining the monies from four different individuals last year.

Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika sentenced him on Friday to four years in prison at Bomana. That sentence term will be suspended on the condition he repays the monies he stole.


Hela man face stealing allegations

The man is from Hela Province and is facing allegations in court that he stole K390,000 from his neighbor at Gerehu, by pretending he owned the property he lived on which his neighbour intended to buy off.

Leonard Hawakaya, 55,  of Pureni village, Koroba district was arrested by police and charged on Oct 21, 2016 with stealing and obtaining a sum of K390, 000 by false presence.

His case briefly came for mention this week in court and was adjourned for another month to give police more time to investigate it.