JACOB POK PASO
A SENIOR expatriate lawyer, Erik Anderson, was arrested and locked up at the Boroko police station yesterday, after he was alleged to have conspired with others to defraud ex-politician Peter Yama and his businesses.
He was released a few hours later on a police bail of K10,000.
Anderson, 47 of Auckland, New Zealand, is a senior lawyer with law firm Gadens and heads the firm’s litigation division.
He was also arrested last year over a similar offence and was charged with 49 counts of alleged conspiracy to defraud a sum of K1.3 million belonging to Nesinel No. 77, a subsidiary of the Yama Group of Companies.
However, the charges were later set aside.
Anderson was re-arrested yesterday by the Police Fraud Squad members.
Police alleged that he had conspired with another expatriate, John Maddison of Bank South Pacific and debited a sum of K56,252.63 from a loan account of the same company, Nesinel No. 77.
The alleged transactions were done between 2001 and 2008 without the knowledge and authority of the company or its directors.
Police slapped Anderson with 50 counts of conspiracy and defraud.
He is likely to appear in court before a committal magistrate today.
Maddison was earlier arrested and charged with 96 counts on the same offences and he is also out on K10,000 bail.