Banker in court for fraud

National, Normal

The National – Wednesday, September 28th 2011

A SENIOR Bank South Pacific manager charged with conspiring to defraud the National Museum and Art Gallery of more than K100,000 appeared in the Waigani District Court yesterday.
Aho Nollen Baliki from Okiufa, Eastern Highlands, is the general manager for paramount banking with BSP based at downtown Port Moresby.
It is alleged that between June 10 and July 15, Baliki conspired with some museum board of trustee members to fraudulently debit monies from the museum account to accounts of different private organisation.
Baliki is alleged to have aided the transactions on four occasions.
He was charged with four counts of conspiring to defraud.
The total amount fraudulently transacted from the museum was K149,400.97. 
Police questioned and charged Baliki last Friday before he was released on a K5,000 bail.
One of the four charges read that he conspired with three board of trustee members to defraud the museum by debiting K27,076.47 to a Nambawan Super account.
It is alleged that members of museum trustees had written to Baliki, authorising the transactions.
Complainant Meck Kuk, the museum director, lodged complaints with the police after finding out about the deal.