10 Jan 2014

Government workers in Marshalls fraud probe

4:28 pm on 10 January 2014

An aggressive investigation into allegations of government workers taking bribes in exchange for awarding contracts has been launched in the Marshall Islands.

Investigators searched and seized computers, documents and other records at a local business, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Finance's Procurement and Supply office over the past week.

Police are also guarding the Auditor General's office around the clock, and are providing security for Auditor General Jr. Patrick at his residence, to assure his safety as the investigation proceeds.

He says eight government workers are suspected of defrauding the government.

The investigation is targeting allegedly fraudulent bidding practices involving the Ministry of Health and locally-based company Genesis Pharmacy.