Vanuatu Lands Department Implicated In Property Scam

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Staff allegedly bought undervalued lands in Port Vila

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 17, 2012) – There are claims that past and present staff of the Vanuatu Lands Departments have been involved in an elaborate scam at Tassiriki Park Estate in Port Vila.

The scam allegedly involves 11 titles, including waterfront lots, which had been seriously undervalued, before being acquired by the Lands Department staff.

The estate was established in 1970 by the late French investor, Pierre Bourgeois, who, in an innovative move, set up significant areas of green space, creating non saleable lots with the government.

But a family spokesperson says that green space has now gone and he alleges that the Department has since sold the land.

He says the title numbers and details were altered to create ridiculously low valuations which allowed the sales.

The spokesman says the Bourgeois family will take legal action to overturn the sales of the titles.

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