4 Oct 2012

Former PNG government bureaucrat charged with fraud

3:45 pm on 4 October 2012

A former senior government bureaucrat in Papua New Guinea has been charged with fraud by the country's anti-corruption task force, and more arrests are likely to be carried out by the organisation in coming weeks.

The former secretary of the Commerce and Industry Department, Anton Kulit, has been charged with misappropriation and conspiracy to defraud the state by Task Force Sweep, which was set up by the Peter O'Neill government last year.

The Task Force's deputy chairperson Sylvester Kalaut, says Mr Kulit and a co-accused received a government grant of 1.4 million US dollars for a poultry and piggery project in East New Britain, but are accused of transferring some of the money into personal accounts.

Mr Kalaut says there are a number of other cases pending.

"In the near future, the investigations, we have a lot of outstanding cases that we're still investigating and arrests will be made anytime if we have enough evidence to do further arrests."

Sylvester Kalaut says he's pleased with the progress the task force has made since it was set up over a year ago.