21 Jan 2010

New Caledonia OPT boss fined for expense rort

5:41 pm on 21 January 2010

New Caledonia's court of appeal has fined the head of the state-owned OPT telecommunications company, Jean-Yves Ollivaud, for abuse of public funds.

He was fined 60,000 US dollars and has been barred from holding a job within the public sector for a year.

Last year, he was given a fine in excess of 100,000 US dollars but he has now had the sum lowered on appeal.

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

He is expected to take the case to France's highest appeal court.