Warrant on engineer revoked

The National, Friday July 8th, 2016

A MAN charged with misappropriating more than K400,000 worth of Digicel phone credits had his arrest warrant revoked by the Waigani Committal Court yesterday.
Senior magistrate Cosmas Bidar revoked the arrest warrant on Robert Koregu from Henganofi, in Eastern Highlands, because he voluntarily appeared in court.
“Since the defendant appeared voluntarily in court, the arrest warrant ordered on June 2 will be revoked and his bail reinstated,” Bidar said.
He said the warrant was issued because Koregu had not appeared in court on the previous dates.
Police prosecutor Sergant Joseph Sangam said they had not executed the warrant yet and Koregu appeared in court.
The court reinstated Koregu’s K1000 and read him the charges.
On May 3, Koregu, who was a dispatch engineer with Ericsson PNG at Gordons, Port Moresby, allegedly connected his laptop to the Ericsson network, typed his password, went into the Digicel IT system and fraudulently sent Digicel phone credits worth K273,950 to 425 individual Digicel customers.
Again on May 4, using the same method, the defendant sent Digicel phone credits worth K158,769 to a further 252 customers.
A total of K432,719 worth of unpaid phone credits were sent. Each customer received between K600 and K700 worth of credits.
The fraud was discovered by Digicel PNG after a search was conducted when they traced the user on their IT system to a computer access point which was normally used by Koregu.
Koregu will return to court for mention on August 4.