Former pay officer in court


A FORMER paymaster of the Ombudsman Commission has appeared in court charged with three fraud-related charges involving about K300,000 belonging the commission.
Sarry Moere, 41, from Kelerakwa village in Abau district, Central, was charged with 21 counts of misappropriation, 21 counts of false pretence and four counts of money laundering.
Waigani Committal Court magistrate Mekeo Gauli adjourned the case to Jan 19 for mention. He explained the committal court process to Moere and told him that the offences he committed were serious which could be dealt with by the National Court if the committal court found sufficient evidence against him.
Moere was the paymaster at the commission in 2013 and 2014. It was alleged that between June 7, 2013 and August 5, 2014, 21 suspicious transactions were recorded against his three personal accounts held at ANZ and Bank of South Pacific.
These suspicious transactions consisted of K16,628.01 made to his BSP kundu account, K49,469.28 made to his BSP smart saver account and K228,992.08 made to his ANZ access account.
The suspicious transactions were not part of the fortnightly salary payment vouchers prepared for approval by the Chief Ombudsman.

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