Fraud squad officer charged


POLICE in Manus have charged a fraud squad officer for negligent driving.
Acting provincial police commander Snr Insp David Yapu said yesterday that Snr Const Charles Kukari, 36, from Woginara village in East Sepik, was part of the fraud squad team from the National Anti Fraud Corruption Directorate in Port Moresby sent to Lorengau to investigate the misappropriation of school funds by certain LLG presidents and an LLG manager.
Yapu said the officer was on recreation leave when he was allegedly involved in the accident last Friday.
Yapu is on sick leave and when told of the incident, said he was frustrated that the officer lied to the owner of the vehicle in Lorengau that the director for the National Anti Fraud Corruption Directorate had given him the approval for the team to use the vehicle while in Manus to serve court documents to the LLG presidents charged.
The officer allegedly used the vehicle for his own use when the accident occurred.
“Police are placed in a position of trust and must not abuse it. His action has tarnished the reputation of the constabulary,” Yapu said.
“Such behaviour by officers outside of the province give a bad name and impression of police officers in Manus.”
Yapu has directed his senior officers in Lorengau to investigate another incident also by Kukari involving the discharging of a police firearm.
The officer is on a K200 bail after being formally charged yesterday and will appear for mention at the Lorengau District Court next Monday.

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