14 Nov 2016

Senior Solomons government official arrested for fraud

8:22 pm on 14 November 2016

A senior Solomon Islands government accountant has been arrested on allegations he stole more than US$102,000 of state funds.

Steven Jude Oto, who was the financial controller at the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, is the first senior public servant to be arrested by a new anti-fraud taskforce.

The Solomon Star newspaper reports the finance ministry has accused Mr Oto of eleven counts of financial corruption.

He will appear in court to enter a plea on the 3rd of December.