PNG Western Governor Found Guilty Of Misusing $2,173,000

Along with co-conspirators, established a development foundation and illegally funneled funds

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, July 27, 2016) – His co-accused Dr Modowa Gumoi and Norman Carl May were also found guilty of the same charges and are also remanded in custody.

According to the court, Mr Wobiro, Dr Gumoi and Mr May conspired and established Fly Care Foundation and directed a payment of K7.06 million [US$2,173,000] to the foundation.

It said the three man claimed that the foundation was established to manage funds allocated for development purposes in the province.

Mr Gumoi was the provincial administrator at the time the offense was committed and Mr May is the chairman of the foundation.

The monies are from Western Province’s provincial services Improvement Program funds (PSIP).

The court in its decision said the by-passed normal procedure of procuring PSIP funds signed a memorandum of agreement to have the money directed to the foundation.

According to the court, evidence discredits a claim by the three that a meeting of the then Joint District Planning and Budget Priority Committee authorising the transfer of the funds took place.

Two district MP’s of the province, Roy Boyama and Boka Kondra gave evidence that they were not aware of a meeting and did not attend.

The court also said that there was sufficient evidence that Governor Wobiro paid K300,000 [US$93,000] to New Century for a project as a cover-up when in fact the money was meant as payment for his scrutineers.

According to a reliable source, the Governor’s lawyers are working around the clock for the bail application to be filed and heard today.

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