14 Aug 2009

Fine for New Caledonia's OPT boss for expense rort

2:23 pm on 14 August 2009

A New Caledonian criminal court has fined the head of the state-owned OPT telecommunications company, Jean-Yves Ollivaud, for abuse of public funds.

Radio New Caledonia says his fine is in excess of 100,000 US dollars and he has been barred from holding a job within the public sector for a year.

He was found guilty of making false and excessive expense claims for flights on Air France for himself and his family between 2003 and 2008.

The prosecution demanded he be given a suspended prison term.

Ollivaud maintains his innocence and his lawyer says the conviction will be appealed.