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Secretary for DAL held for fraud

Detectives from the National Fraud & Anti-Corruption Directorate arrested and charged Secretary for Department of Agriculture & Livestock for fraud yesterday in Port Moresby.

Dr.Vele Pat Ila’ava aged 56 of Viriolo village, Abau District; Central Province was interviewed and charged with 11 counts of Abuse of Office and 9 counts of Official Corruption resulting in the Misappropriation of more than K1.9m the property of Independent State of Papua New Guinea

The charges emanated from a 2 year security contract he signed with a security firm called Extreme Security Services Limited soon after he was appointed acting Secretary for DAL in 2012. The contracting of the security firm ended up in court with the National court making a finding that the security contract between Dr Vele Pat Ila’ava and Extreme Security Services Limited was flawed as it breached the Public Finance Management Act section 40 – call for public tender.

Despite the court findings, Dr Vele Pat Ila’ava did not terminate the contract with the security firm but allowed the Security firm to operate in 2012. Police investigations revealed that monthly payments were made to the Security firm all approved by Dr Vele Pat Ila’ava . Most invoices were prepaid, invoices were manipulated and inflated and resubmitted. The contract does not specify number of guard required by the Department. In 2012 alone a total of K1, 999,860.00 was paid to Extreme Security Services limited all approved by Dr Vele Pat Ila’ava.

Dr Vele Pat Ila’ava was picked up at Gate Way Hotel and taken to NFACD office, Konedobu, where he was interviewed in relations to the allegations. Due to power break out at NFACD office, a further charge of misappropriation was not laid. The additional charge of Misappropriation of K1.9 million the property of Independent State of Papua New Guinea will be laid later this week.

After the interview, he was charged and taken to Boroko Police Station and placed in the cells. He will appear in court this week.

The arrest is a result of a month long investigation by Detectives at National Fraud & Anti-Corruption Directorate, Konedobu.

Posted by Staff Reporter : PNG Today on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Filed under , , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Share this Article

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