6 Dec 2006

PNG MP found guilty of misuse of funds

9:49 am on 6 December 2006

An MP in Papua New Guinea, Andrew Baing, has been found guilty of misconduct in office in relation to misuse of 88-thousand US dollars in District Support Grants.

The Post Courier reports that a three-member leadership tribunal in Waigani has found the Markham MP guilty on three of five allegations.

It was alleged that the leader deposited the money into his private bank account in Port Moresby.

The 88 thousand US dollars was given to Mr Baing in two cheques by the Office of the Rural Development - money meant for projects in his electorate.

From that account, he allegedly made eight cash withdrawals of almost 30 thousand US dollars.

It was also alleged he made over a hundred EFTPOS transactions of more than 60 thousand US dollars .

The matter has been adjourned to next Friday when parties will make submissions over any possible penalty.