Man charged with fraud

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POLICE arrested and charged a 79-year-old man with alleged misappropriation of K6 million in the Manam Resettlement Authority (MRA) funds.
The man from Madang’s Yabob village was charged on Monday with one count of misappropriation and one count of conspiracy to defraud the State.
According to the police brief, the man was allegedly a secondary signatory to the Ramu Development Authority (RDA) when he signed the papers and the money was diverted to RDA from MRA.
The man’s arrest is the 14th in the ongoing probe into the MRA scandal.
The man was picked up in his daughter’s house in New Town and was driven to Jomba Police Station where he was formally arrested, charged and detained in the lockup at 7pm on Monday.
Madang commander acting Supt Mazuc Rubiang said the man was still innocent until proven guilty.
“I am pleased with how the man behaved he was picked him up; more arrests are expected,” Rubiang said.
Acting Supt Rubiang said the man was allowed K1,000 police bail for each of the charges and that he would appear in the Madang District Court today for his first mention. “The people of Madang must understand the work of the police and must not support any one implicated in the MRA case; we all must remain neutral and assist the investigators,” he said.