20 Feb 2008

PNG orders corruption probe in finance and treasury departments

2:05 pm on 20 February 2008

Papua New Guinea's planning, finance and treasury departments are facing allegations a syndicate of officers has been demanding 10 per cent commission before processing cheques and payments.

The National Planning and Development Minister, Paul Tiensten, alleges the scam has been run for some time by officers in the three departments working in offices in central Port Moresby.

He has ordered an investigation.

According to the Post Courier newspaper, government officials would demand the 10 per cent from landowners being paid for government projects run on their land.