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The Paraka scams – K780 million stolen from the people

Prominent PNG lawyer Paul Paraka is accused of being the primary beneficiary of a decade long series of scams in which more than K780 million has been stolen from the people of PNG.

The scams involved lawyers making over 700 false claims for compensation against the State which were then approved for payments by government bureaucrats, including the offices of the Solicitor General and Finance Secretary, without the claims ever being tested in court.

The Commission of Inquiry which has revealed the scams, and which comprised Justices Sheenan and Justice Davani with Don Manua, says in its final report

“The plain conclusion is that in all but a handful of claims the statutory process has been grossly abused allowing illegitimate and improper claims and excess payments and excessive payouts to be legitimized

The Commission also reveals that in four of the six years that it investigated the illegal payments made by the State to settle the fraudulent claims EXCEEDED THE TOTAL BUDGET APPROPRIATION FOR THE WHOLE HEALTH SECTOR in PNG.

Paul Paraka was able to profit most from the scams as not only was he responsible for 3 of the largest fraudulent claims, he was paid an additional K41 million by the State between 2003 and 2006 to act on the State’s behalf to deal with claims submitted by other law firms!

In 2007 the government set up a Ministerial Inquiry into the K41 million but the report has never been published as Paraka has a temporary injunction preventing disclosure. On this issue, the Commission noted:

“it is a sad commentary on the Attorney General’s office that it has taken no steps to set aside that temporary order for any number of lawful reasons, but at the least for want of prosecution

The latest Commission of inquiry has recommended a total of 58 people for criminal prosecution including these lawyers:

Paul Paraka, Zacchary Gelu, Francis Damem, Peter Pena, Dan Kakaraya, Francis Kuvi, John Sinaka Goava, Mundua Kua, Joseph B Nanei, Simon Norum, Kumuro Sino, Dawa Agu-Klewaki, Eric Kiso, Daniel Kop, and Jeffery Abone.

As well as the lawyers the Commission of Inquiry was very critical of certain government departments:

“The Department of Finance did not meet its obligations to protect the State and the offices of the Attorney General and the Solicitor General have not advanced and protected the State to an acceptable and competent standard

Follow the link below to download Part I of the Commission of Inquiry report

The Commission of Inquiry Part 1

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  1. Fed up
    May 16, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    These faceless idiots deserve nothing less than to rot behind bars at our worst prison camps.

    It gets under my skin to know that these pigs go about shamelessly embezzling public funds totalling more than our national health budget and people are suffering and dying from curable diseasses in our main hospitals.

  2. meri png
    May 17, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Despicable!!!

  3. BT
    May 17, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Please put these documents on Wikileaks immediately that way there is no possible way that Peraka’s millions devoted to lawsuits can get the stuff off!

  4. Kristian
    May 18, 2010 at 9:32 am

    The more of the report that can be uploaded online the better, it is absolutely staggering! Great work in getting this material out!

  5. Peter Kesu-Sayama
    May 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Great job on the exposure. These people should not only rot in jail but made to repay back all the money they stole! Its seems the AG dept is not doing its job well and should be abolished as its purpose and functions has been grossly abused. There seem to individuals in that dept who knowingly encourage these misappropriations. They should be locked away too.

  6. Kunai
    May 19, 2010 at 1:49 am

    These guys are worse than the known hired hitman, high profile criminal William Kapris. They have sabotaged the lives of Papua New Guinean men, women and children. What can be worse?

  7. Fed up
    May 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I’d like the common criminals currently suffering behind bars to have the opportunity to vent their anger at these demons. For the most part, these ‘sadangs’ are the reason the common man ends up in prison.

    Prosecute their damn cases properly and send them up to Bomana. And before they know it, I’ll get into the ears of the poor guys wasting away behind bars up there and you guessed what will happen to these bastards. Bai ol kaikai sop lo maus na arse blo ol. Now that IS justice!

  8. girl
    May 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    What the fuck are these assholes thinking? I guess they were thinking that they are so fucking intelligent that they can fuck up Papua New Guinea because they know the motherfucking shit system….who the fuck do they think they are…fuck
    Their asses should be put in jail and left alone, but before they go into that shit hole….pay back PNG money….and their personal fucking businesses whether firm, PMV, real estates that they started from the PNG money should be liquidise or owned by the Nation because they bought those shit from PNG money…..bloody hell….fucking corruption….thanks for spreading this shit….it really should be out in the public…NEWSPAPERS, TELEVISION, so people know what the fuck is happening to PNG….

    • Sikenning
      May 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm

      these guys don’t deserve to hold the offices they are in. No wonder they are building massions and expanding with x wives, putting them in some of the most expensive residence in POM and living in paradise overseas at the cost of people’s money. Bell sulap pinis ya na, what more ol i laikim, they truely should be behind bars and living with rest of the rascals in Bomana.

  9. Patrick Balone
    May 20, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Pls God Save PNG, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!. It is a beautiful country. Man this is just fucking MADNESS.These people need to die. PUBLIC TORTURE. What does PNG make out of some street guy stealing a packet of lampflaps worth K17.00 end up at the lockups for 12 months and these bastards laugh away.Can some fucking honest millionaire in PNG hire a hitman with a million bucks to fuck this guys up their ass with an M16 bullet. Fuck this people, FUCKING cants. Can we create riots in all the centres of PNG. Lets blow the bridges, seaports, airports and just start all over?

  10. Tapwatitan
    May 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Well, the shit is out, so what happens now? My suggestion is that they should have all their properties confiscated and have them paraded out for the public to make their judgements. Sometimes the law of the jungle must be allowed for such unforgivable acts. It sickens me to the bone to think that children & mothers are dying out there due to lack of access to proper medical care, that such sadistic animals as these men can get away with these daylight robberies of the states wealth! Bloody whitikeks!

  11. Need controlled Democracy
    May 21, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Most of these guys are lawyers. They do not deserve to walk the street like any tom dick and harry. Skinned them alive and put them away. This is really disgusting to see corrupt lawyers building empires and collecting concubines left right centre acting as if they earned they pay through shear determination. Shame them all. Do not not deserve to see another day light. Bloody hell.

  12. mi tasol
    May 21, 2010 at 11:16 am

    ….this is a very heart breaking state of affairs. PNG – for too long we have been living like “longlongs”- PM’s observation is spot on, because he knows indeed that we are “longlongs” therefore THEY can push us around… here and there everywhere and confuse us while THEY laugh at us as they count their money…. the police is already gone to the dogs, the judicial system…maybe also going to the dogs…. who is going to help us if we do not help ourselves??? Educated, patriotic papua new Guineans…. stand up… we need to take a stand.

  13. the man
    May 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    When is the rest of this report being posted? The longer you wait the more likely Paraka will take some of his millions and shut you down. Anyone with as much money as Paraka has stolen can hire a small town of lawyers to wipe the internet clean. Take the advice already given you by another poster – put the entire document on a site, such as Wikileaks.com, where it cannot be removed, even by lawyers. To only put the document up in a place like wordpress is foolish.

  14. kul wa
    May 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Can they be thrown in to the Jail?

  15. Stiggzh
    May 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I’am sure justice will not be done to this dirty pigs who call themselves millionaires if the current PM is in power and I’m very sory for myself and rest of PNGn who are not partaker of this corrupt system. This people can mess with us and live in luxury while my people back in the village do not understand what our PM means by successive ECONOMIC GROWTH..they are yet to experience economic growth.
    Govt has spent millions to conduct this inquiry and I’m wondering the BENEFIT of this million kina spent.
    This culprits think that they have the BRAINS to fool us Papua New Gineans.I can tell them off that we are not the fools. This culprits can getaway because all the people (who call themselves professional) who play a part in the system have ATTITUDE PROBLEM.They do not think of this beautiful country as a whole but themselves. What I will say will not change this peoples mind…. God please help us!I would regret reading this Inquiry report if nothing is done to recover what is stolen from us.I would not be satisfied if they are only locked behind bars.

  16. Meri Ples
    May 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    When are we going to see state of art hospitals, schools, roads… etc built in this so called rich country of ours PNG? Millions and millions of kinas are going into the pockets of those very people who know the system, who in their own state of mind see themselves as the cream elites who can manipulate the systems and live in luxury at the expanse of the poor majority. What a shame! I hope when they die they will take some of their gain with them…

  17. Naik1
    May 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THE 36 MILLION OR SO IN FORESTRY SAGA. AND THE US$40 (K140) MILLION TAIWAN DEAL AND THE OTHER COUNTLESS MILLIONS THAT HAVE BEEN EMBEZZLED OVER THE 7 YEARS DURING NA AND ASSOCIATE’S REIGN AT PNG’S POLITICAL HELM. I SAY AGAIN. SOMEBODY GOT GAME, AND THE PNG PEOPLE GOT HASSLED. CIVIL UPRISING LOOMING. ITS A QUESTION OF WHEN.

  18. Isaac (Student Unitech)
    May 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    It is really unbelieveable. its really a pain in my heart as I see that these people are practising corruption to the extreame. I called these people “DEVIL IN HUMAN FORM,” (Goats in Shhep’s Clothes). I just want all of these people to die so that we can have some good people in our country.

  19. Hunz
    May 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    its up to us PNG people to be collectively change the entire government system..that is our GOD given democratic right to do it, which is only the way we can fight this creeping corruption that decapitates not those of us who are bit aware how corruption works but also those very innocent people back in the villages very much.. I must say that, PNG is ruled by dictatorial power holders. this means, it is a dictatorial democracy and this dictatorial-ism, subtly be substituted as “democracy to communism is a hierarchical domain for power lovers and so long as they are in power, they will dictate us for the rest of our struggling lives.
    hence, (1)the question that will remain unanswered is “how long will these kleptomaniacs be remain in power to defraud the state of PNG, and will they be ever arrested?

    (2) when are we going to select better MPs, rather then sending back these bounce of dyslexically impaired fellow?

  20. Diino
    May 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    What is the point of bringing up all this issues when nothing is done to address them? Those people know our legal system well and will continue to avoid being prosecuted, while innocent whistle blowers and those intending to reveal the mess will suffer in our twisted democratic system. No wonder the Forbbes reporter who wrote an article about Digicel owner Dennis O’Brian called PNG a “Hellhole in the Pacific”. We need a revolution!!!!

  21. albert
    June 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Before we rush into any conclusions, please feel free to visit Paraka Lawyers and talk to the Principal & see his side of the story. Thanks.

    • alberta
      June 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      Albert, are you for real? You sound like one of Paraka’s employed lawyers trying to defend your boss!! If Paraka is so innocent, why doesn’t he allow the COI to complete its work and then defend himself in the courts? Surely he does not need you albert to be defending him in a public forum such as PNGexpose!!! The COI have been nothing but open and transparent in their inquiries so if anybody feels agrieved (including Paraka), the courts are there to set matters right. He is just using the courts to his advantage as a delay tactic. I wont be surprised if he ups and leaves PNG to settle elsewhere with his squandered millions…..

  22. June 2, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Leave the comments admin…

  23. Carlos Barak
    June 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Its a pitty that all corrupt practises are blamed on politician. The story of these corrupt practises has been known and told on the street, however ITPNG and the agencies that lead us to fight against corruption are too focussed on the national politician but never have mentioned or digged out the departments and the top brass who are working in these departments and involved in these corrupt practices. So what shall we do. Please I would suggest if the ITPNG could organize any protest march again and this time should be directed on the two department-FINANCE & ARTTONEY GENERAL, and let this department give us clue on why why and how this has been going without any stop put to it

  24. herbs
    June 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    why are these f…ing thiefs still running around loose? they shold be looked away for good. i worked 12hrs a day/sunday to sunday with almost 1/4 off my hard earned money is paid in tax for these f…ing thiefs to pocket over nite.

  25. Stiggzh
    June 8, 2010 at 9:19 am

    All, while we are commenting on this,the COI report seems to be taking the trend of other inquiry report.I sometimes ask, why are we spending milions to conduct inquiry that will ultimately collect dust when we can use the money to do the needy?? We have PROBLEM…BIG PROBLEMs!!!God help us.

  26. Yomba
    July 14, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    PNG…we have the most beautiful people in the world, and it breaks my heart seeing how our people continue to suffer. We can say as much as we want on forums such as this, but it will keep on continuing. Corruption has become a diseases, an epidemic sweeping like wild fire across our nation. Our leaders are blinded by personal growth that they do not understand that by helping the country grow-in turn they are helping themselves. We need God more than ever! and the country has yet to see a true leader…

  27. Truth
    July 16, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    do any of you fuckin arseholes have any proof to show that he is guilty come on like seriously lets be real, you faggs are ruining this mans life by posting up non sufficent evidence to prove his guilty, Do any of you idoits have any tangible evidence to show his guilty or what, all you selfless idoits only have blogs to post out to the cyber world just to make you feel good about your self for once in your life and to make your self feel equal to reknown lawyers like Paul Paraka, well the fact is that your not and you will never be so when the dawn falls and the dusk settles you will always be selfless losers who cannot get any where in life besides sitting behind a computer chapping shit up about successful people of PNG, Mate where is the evidence come on stop posting bullshit without the proof. Seriously its like me saying oi Somare stealing Billions from the country and what do you guys do blog it up gosh you guys are stupid and dumb founded… Seriously I feel sorry for you guys cause at the end of the day when i close my eyes and sleep I think to myself this is the future of PNG and to be honest I feel sorry Cause the future is not looking bright at all for PNG….. Stop PNG blog before its too late

    • AGinsideout
      December 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      Truth for want of a better description of what your on about……
      Get use to the fact that computers are used in this way.
      It appears from comments from the bench that the irregularities relate to apparent agreements between solicitors withn the AG’s department and the likes of Paraka.
      They are probably all corrupt.

    • AGinsideout
      December 5, 2011 at 11:34 pm

      Yes, I have evidence that should support a prosection.
      Do you have a prosecutor capable of putting the evidence before an impartial judge and jury?

    • GirimbKuu
      October 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Where there is smoke theres bound to be fire or lo tok pisin, sapos smell nogut i kamap, wanpla sumthng mas sting na stp.

      It means indicators indicate, arrows will always point, something is not right so they must be investigated.

      • GirimbKuu
        October 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm

        Oh but they’re all innocent until proven guilty.

  28. July 27, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Hey you guys out there who love this country as I do and hate people doing the wrong things. I hate the wrong things people do, I dont hate people- get the difference? Ok everybody seems obsessively angry with Paraka. It seems that we need some perspective here. I read a few good sites and what I understand is that the Inquiry Report on Finance has some problems. Main issue is that at this point in time Paraka has only allegations against him- not proven facts- get the difference? No it has not been proven he is a thief or corrupt. Nothing has been proved against them. Not yet. Until then, we cannot condemn anyone. So yu guys stop behaving like immature morons…you all sound as bloodthirsty as the klu klax klan in Mississippi Burning…what a f’up that was.

    • GirimbKuu
      October 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Allegations, rumours same thing. Trevor where therre is smoke there is bound to be fire. All of them in the report are innocent till a court of law finds them otherwise. I agree with you we should be discussing the course of justice not complaining about it. We need to pool more constructive ideas in relaation to the standards and procedures of accountability, prosecution of offences rather than crying over spilt milk. Well said Bro.

  29. September 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

    As always is the case, I assure you these cunning fucking assholes animals will never be prosecuted, as they already got the money to play around and surely will bribe themselves out of the procecution. BRIBERY IS EVERYWHERE. WE NEED INDEPENDENT OUTSIDERS TO PROSECUTE THEM, INCLUDING THE JUDGES.

    • AGinsideout
      December 5, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      Kiretar
      You are absolutely spot on!

  30. marcus
    October 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    These are the same guys seen show boating around town, acting like the really earned that money. Their wives and entourage push 4 to 5 trolleys full of groceries at expensive shops where only an expats freuquent. What a bunch of loosers. Shame on you all. Acting all Modernised behind your tinted windows of corruption.

  31. Unbelievable
    May 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

    These unspeakable amounts defrauded from the State is very sickening. How can people in authority, given the sacred duty to serve the people of this nation abused this privilege with clear conscience reap the State off Billions or Millions of kina.
    Papua New Guineas are dying each day because of such actions especially in the rural areas and we genuine tax payers are contributing to fund our national purse for these thieves to steal from. They are no more different than a subsistence farmer, unemployed youth, uneducated and unfortunate person in our society. Justice must prevail for the good and benefit of Papua New Guineans. If we appropriate K780 million for basic health service I know, maternal rates would decrease, children will survive curable diseases and life can be save in emergency cases. How many more lives do have to loose to feel the pain?

  32. June 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Most are from the Highlands area! Those lawyers…

  33. August 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    No wonder Paraka Lawyers is providing free of charge legal (solicitory) advice and court representation of criminals, rapists, murderers and other severe court case representations in almost every provincial towns and other small urbans, which is normally provided by state solicitors. Has anyone seen this happening in the country?. This is happen as I write. The logic here is to take up as many state court cases of this poor guys who can’t afford to meet their legal fees that may equat to the massive amount of money paid to Paraka Lawyers by the government and so when their court case is re-opened then they would have this valid legal point to defend himself (Paraka Lawyer).

  34. Hokie Pyakape
    July 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    This is bloody shit. This culprits who claim to be professional lawyers are like Paraka Lawyers and other theives are satan’s agent who are fullfilling the devil’s objective stated in John 10:10 “The devil comes to kill, steal and destroy”. What they are doing is working for the devil to steal millions of kina belonging to the people of PNG. Here is the reality God is blessing PNG with rich blessings to develop this nation but on the other hand these guys are working for the devil to steal the blessing. I am very said to say that they without realising the devil has blinded them by killing their concious, destroyed their image and now they are doomed for eternal death and are well prepared and qualified to suffer in the hell.

    My advise to these culprits is you were not created to become the agent of devil but an agent of God. Return all the money you have stollen from the state and people of PNG, apologise publicly and get saved. If you do not do this truley you shall die anytime very soon and you will enjoy yourself with those stollen money in hell.

    Remember God has placed the Government on earth to look after his people so in reality these culprits are stealing from God and making themselve enemies of God. Their punishment will be eternity in hell.

  35. Hezron.W
    June 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Really shameful, here we are tryin’ to build a better PNG 4 our children tomorrow and this is what we get from the country’s finest? youths out there who are reading this, remember our time is tomorrow, let us not be like these hypocrites but let us rise up together as one people and through God, can change this country and get rid of such problems like this. Noken lus tingting.

  36. GirimbKuu
    October 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    It is lamentable that the wheels of justice turn slowly in Papua New Guinea, perhaps, a little bit too slow. The phrases ‘where there is smoke there’s bound to be fire tasol sorii tumas it’s not what you know but rather it’s what you can prove’ rings louder than ever and that the chances of these thieves walking out free is great.

    Dangerous evolving trends threathen the criminal justice system. The filing of injunctions by the lawyers of the named individuals is in essence, a technique used to buy time. It is dangerous because the time gained can be spent on two things (amongst others):
    1. Fabrication of Evidence;
    2. Destroying/Concealment of evidence.

    The burning of the Kapal Haus in the Western Highlands Province to facilitate the concealment of incriminating evidence is a clear indication that those who are corrupt will do and try anything to cover their tracks.

    Please can we please now more than ever, prosecute them thoroughly once and for all?

  37. Bruce McLaren
    October 26, 2013 at 10:58 am

    These people we have seen they don’t live to old age 😉

  38. undertaker
    December 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    judgement day has arrived and we wish to see them repay all monies they have ever dishonestly acquired. Failing that then they run the risk of placing their descendants under the curse of damnation for the duration of their earthly lives..

  39. Avagox
    July 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    If the commision of inquiry was not tabled yet up till today. This shows that all this dump politicians and the judges have a knowledge of and being part of. Likewise a case last year up till begining of this year by a distric court judge in Goroka was biased. The female magistrate made a court decision for defendants to fine the plantiff eventhough she dismissed all allegations against them. Her final decision was based on general denial while defendants gave every evidence against the alleagtion to be innocent. This clearly shows that our judicail system in PNG is corrupt. If normal citizens can be ruled for fine on innocent then politicians and judges are all corrupt. Why the defence force is so quiet.? What about a military co.? Since no politician or Judge nor the police force can arrest the prime minister or the worst saga fada in the history of PNG Paul Paraka.

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