TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL WARNS OF PNG WHITE-COLLAR CRIME

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 3, 1999 – Radio Australia)---An anti-corruption group has warned that white-collar crime by professionally employed Papua New Guineans is on the rise and unsuspecting people are being "ripped off."

Transparency International says greedy lawyers and accountants who are born in Papua New Guinea and claim to be nationalists at heart, are bleeding the nation dry at the expense of the people.

The Chairman of the local Transparency International group, Sir Anthony Siaguru, said white-collar corruption needs to be addressed quickly.

He has called on the Ombudsman Commission to look into professional abuses.

Sir Anthony said these include padded paychecks, inflated expense accounts and questionable commissions.

Transparency International also has called on regulatory bodies to ensure enforcement of their codes of professional ethics.

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