By BOURA GORUKILA
NATIONAL Housing Corporation (NHC) acting managing director Elizabeth Bowada appeared in court yesterday facing fraud-related charges.
Bowada, 41, of Okaikado village in Losuia, Milne Bay, is charged with a count each of misappropriation, false pretence and abuse of office.
Waigani Committal Court Magistrate Tracy Ganaii read her charges and adjourned the case to Aug 28.
She also converted her police bail of K1,500 to district court bail and ordered that she should not interfere with state witnesses, not leave the National Capital District without the leave of court, attend court when her case was called and remain at her known address which she was make known to the court registry.
Bowada was alleged to have between April 24, 2018 and Jan 15, 2020, dishonestly applied to her own use K118,486.01 belonging to NHC.
She was also alleged to have between the same dates pretended to have been reinstated by the National and Supreme Courts and with intent to defraud, obtained from NHC seven Bank South Pacific (BSP) cheques totalling K19,000 and other payments totalling K99,468.01 and paid herself for loss of salaries.
It was again alleged that on the same dates, Bowada being employed in the public service by NHC as a senior legal officer, enabled herself remuneration claimed to be payable to herself by lodging a false claim of K156,983.67 for loss of salaries.
She was alleged to have being terminated by NHC on Sept 13, 2012 for illegally facilitating the sale of two NHC prime properties (section 24, allotment 17, Angau Drive, Boroko and section 77, allotment 22, Kaia Street, Korobosea) in Port Moresby.
She was aggrieved by the decision to terminate her and instituted a string of court proceedings but was never reinstated nor her salaries backdated.
She allegedly used the strength of a clearance letter dated Jan 10, 2018 from the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate but without court orders confirming her being officially cleared, falsely sought reinstatement of her employment.
She presented the letter to NHC and allegedly misled them that she was cleared and was reinstated to her substantive position.
That was when she lodged false claims of K156,983.67 for loss of salaries knowing that she was never reinstated and ordered for any salaries to be backdated and received payments of seven cheques and other payments totalling K118,468.01 which she allegedly applied to her own use.
The NHC board secretary lodged a complaint to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), Boroko and an investigation was conducted.
Bowada was invited to the fraud office for a record of interview, was arrested, charged and released on bail.
Her bail was extended.
By BOURA GORUKILA