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Serious allegations of corruption against Paul Povey and Fubilan Catering Services

Having lost their environment to mining operations, it is now alleged the landowners of Western Province are losing out on cash incomes and community development because of corruption. Paul Povey, as Managing Director of Fubilan Catering Services, is accused of defrauding the landowners who own the company which was set up to provide them with benefits from the Ok Tedi mine. 

Paul Povey, a former chef with Poon Catering (now Eurest which caters for a lot of mining and petroleum camps in PNG) is a UK-born PNG resident. He has been in the country since the mid 70s. Samoa Tanu, from Central, is his partner. She is a flight attendant with Ok Tedi Mining Limited’s chartered Dash 8 service based in Tabubil. She used to fly with APNG from where she met Paul and then moved to Tabubil.

“Paul Povey has become a multi-millionaire overnight. His flight attendant wife has travelled all over the world at the expense of the landowners”

The Fubilan Catering Services group of companies, which is owned by Ok Tedi landowners, owns the Weight Inn Hotel in Port Moresby (and it is understood Povey has equity in the hotel as well – paid for by the landowners) The group also runs the 3 messing facilities for the OTML operation in Tabubil and get paid by OTML for the service. The group also owns Tabubil Engeering which provides contract work (house maintenance, house building, roadworks, the PNGSDP-sponsored Star Mountain Institute of Training). Again this company gets contracts from OTML for these jobs. Tabubil Engineering also runs a hardware/retail outlet in Tabubil where Paul and his partner get all their household goods for nothing.

“Mr Povey does not take any kina out of his pocket to buy anything. He charges all his household goods, travel expenses, his partner’s family expenses etc etc to the landowner companies he runs under Fubilan Catering Services”

This group of landowner companies are suppose to make a profit and then pay dividends to the landowners who are shareholders,. Povey and his management team are supposed to be on the payroll with a limit to their fortnightly wages. But it is alleged, Povey has no limit to his pay cheque. The landowner companies are funding his life, his overseas travel, his son’s travel (son lives in Cairns), his partner’s family affairs, etc etc. The FCS group of companies do declare dividends but it is never enough for its shareholders because Paul takes a good sum of it.

Honest FCS staff who know what is going on have tried to alert the directors of the company to the problem however it appears the directors have their mouths gagged. Povey it is claimed offers them trips to Sydney and other locations to buy their silence. Jerry Musolok is the chairman of FCS and is said to have no clue what is going on.

“This corruption must be exposed totally and those responsible must pay for the price of cheating on the poor landowners who have entrusted Mr Povey and the MRDC with their money which comes from OTML royalties and compensation”

In 2009, FCS’s Company Secretary and Legal Officer resigned because she refused to condone the corruption and what she alleged was the theft of K500,000 by Povey from the Weigh Inn.

  1. Stephen Stryker
    August 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    This is greatly disturbing!!!! However this also lacks evidence, and to some extent does sound more like gossip than fact – Put out the facts ,

  2. Johnny Lee
    August 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for the information,Im one of late chairman son to FCS, Late MR. Lee yekim
    Please update me via emai. I’m still trying to find where my farther’s investment are now.. He Paul Povey was my Father’s best mate during his days. So might use some this to become million Air..

    thank you..

    Please Update latest on leejohnny226@gmail.com

  3. Meanie
    August 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Paul continues to rip off the landowners. Good luck to him as he has found a bunch who arent as smart as the former cleaner

  4. Sammie
    August 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    The people who have some knowledge about this serious issue, why are they keeping quiet about it? Unless there is evidence then there is an explanation for the delay.

  5. Wesely
    August 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    yes, facts please, not bare allegations.

  6. Frank.
    August 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Soundproof room built under his house for his band to practice $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  7. Barufa
    August 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Frank you are correct with the sound proof studio under his house..Lee Johnny you better get smart my friend he is defenitely reaping you fathers investment right at the tip of your nose. I’ve being there in Tabubil and withnessed every said in mail. They are facts and not a propagenda to frame Paul Povey.. Johnny if you a land owner and heir to your Dads wealth you better act fast and get a neutral Auditing Team to do a proper auditing…Its up to you and the land owners..Like wise Jerry Musulok (New chair Man)

    • Johnny
      August 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Can you assist in any audit firms that i can engage with????

  8. numbabi
    August 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Johnny, I am a former employee of FCS and I can assure you that these are not just make believe story. Mr Povey needs to be exposed even if it is jus to see that he is removed from such a high profile position. As an expatriate in PNG he has blatantly, maliciously, used and abused his position and has broken the trust placed in he by the BOD. Only God knows how mch of the groups funds have been used to fund his own personal life and that of hes wife. I think you need to engage the services of an audit firm …yes….but, not one in PNG as he knows them all it would seem. It sickens me when this sort of behavior occurs. I wish you all the best in your endeavors. Just one word to the wise- make sure you have sufficient evidence…and look not just at FCS??

  9. PNG Meri Artist
    September 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    In the face of so much corruption, blatant thieving, whether its this Povey guy or a member of parliament, goverment or self made millionaires, who have made it to the very top of the food chain because they took advantage of the the ignorant and so called ‘dim witted’ folks unable or just not competitive enough – one thing is for sure…what goes around, comes around..I gain comfort from knowing that – dirty ‘millionaires’ or those who have made it to the top through dirty deals and blatant misuse of other peoples time and resources – will ‘reap , what they sow’. This is a general observation and not to just one person inparticular…It doesn’t and will never last…My people; we may feel powerless and completely unable to bring these kinds of people to justice…our words and warnings may go un-noticed, man – they may just get richer..but, it catches up with them in the end.
    What goes up – must come down….what goes around, comes around..eventually.

    Any dishonest, conniving and any wannabe – who would stoop to basic ‘stealing’ to get ahead….trust me..its not worth it…Better to be just plain honest – and hard-working…..

  10. Michael Yambert
    November 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

    This guy must be question by the Lawful Authorities and send to maximam prison @ BOMANA.

  11. numbabi
    December 4, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Bring out the facts….gather the eveidence. Let the courts make desision. The evedence is their…just should look very hard.He should be jailed if foun guilty but then he needs to be remove from PNG..forever.

  12. Mr Parker
    August 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    What a p$%ck. A thief, a wa&@er & has not got a clue what he is doing except ripping off uneducated landowners

  13. Willie Douglas
    October 6, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Please be advice that infuture dont ever entertain such foreigner on such job.We have fellow Papua new Guineans who are qualified for such position.Am very sory to hear such allegations. I worked with Paul before with Poon catering and Eurest and to encounter such allegation was a slap in the face. Please could the fcs management refer him to justice for further investigations for his uncall actions

  14. Bush Kanaka Mangi
    November 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Find all the evidence against this mother fu**ing white arse c**t and hang him from the nearest tree…wasting time talking. He is just another one of those human beings who thinks he is smarter then the others.

  15. John Domial-
    July 2, 2015 at 11:55 am

    He worked his way up as a young catering college lecture, those of you lazy, jealous [deleted], produce your facts before you start making allegations against Paul, in destroying his good name.
    He brought some of us this far and we respect his contribution in the catering world.

  1. November 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

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