3 Jul 2006

Three suspected cohorts of notorious Bougainville scam operator arrested

8:19 pm on 3 July 2006

Three men have been arrested in Papua New Guinea who are believed to be connected with conman Noah Musingku's failed money scam, U-Vistract.

They were charged for illegally setting up a satellite at Kangu Beach near Tonu in Bougainville.

The National says the three are Joe Ben and Michael Gett from East New Britain, and Marshall Kemba from Madang.

Kemba is referred to as the governor of the U-Vistract bank.

A Bougainville CID spokesman, Jeffery Magum, who was involved in their arrest, said they were setting up the satellite system to access telephone and internet services.

He said they had told their depositors that the system would allow electronic transfer of funds so Mr Musingku could pay the long suffering depositors.

Mr Magum said Mr Musingku and his men did not have the approval of Telikom to set up the satellite system

The three were allowed bail and will appear in court on July 18.