Former MP arrested and charged

National, Normal

A FORMER Member of Parliament was locked up at the Boroko police station in Port Moresby yesterday afternoon.
Daniel Tulapi was arrested and charged with two counts of false pretense.
It was alleged that Tulapi had deposited a total of K971,391.29 into two of his personal accounts in 2007 and 2008.
Police said the initial payment of K500,000 was made on Dec 11, 2007, into his first account which was a BSP account under his name.
The second payment of K471,391.29 was deposited in another account under one of his family member’s name, on April 3, last year.
Police said there were  numerous attempts since last month to arrest the former MP, but they were not successful.
However, Tulapi presented himself at Konedobu police station at around 11am yesterday.
He was questioned and later brought to the Boroko police station and locked up.
He was still at the station late yesterday evening awaiting bail.
His lawyers were working with the arresting officers and others to have him released from the cell.
He is expected to appear in court today.
Tulapi was a former Member of Parliament representing the Kagua-Erave electorate in the Southern Highlands province.