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Australian man charged with fraud in PNG

November 25, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

AAP

An Australian man has been arrested and charged with fraud by Papua New Guinea’s anti corruption taskforce.

Leonard Patrick Capon, 68, was arrested and charged after allegedly misappropriating 1,485,085 million kina ($A668,400) paid in 2010 to his company, Rural Development Services Ltd, for a mini-hydro power project in Hela province in PNG’s Highlands.

Authorities allege that project was never delivered and the funds were allegedly diverted to expenses unrelated to the purposes of the payment.

Task Force Sweep Chairman Sam Koim told PNG’s The National newspaper that Mr Capon was arrested and charged with misappropriation and released on K10,000 ($A4635) bail.

Task Force Sweep recently revealed it had registered 174 complaints about corruption, with just some of the cases involving amounts totalling 2.162 billion kina ($A1 billion).

Of the 174 complaints, 52 cases have been investigated.

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  1. JUDY
    November 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    My God we are a nation of thieves and robbers no wonder we are the way we are!

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