Police Say PNG Government Lost $470 Million To Fraud Last Year

Anti-corruption chief says everyone should stand up and eliminate corruption

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, May 9, 2017) – Papua New Guinea police say more than 470 million US dollars in public funds went missing last year due to fraud-related activities.

Fraud and Anti-corruption Chief Superintendent Matthew Damaru made the claim following the launching of Transparency International PNG's Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre.

Mr Damaru said people are not making it their business to stand up against fraud and corruption, so big amounts are lost.

He said people seemed to think that fighting corruption was a job only for the police, the Ombudsman Commission and other stakeholders.

However Mr Damaru said corruption will affect everyone in one way or another, so everyone should take responsibility to fight it.

The National newspaper reports the new centre will provide legal advice and recommend referral pathways for people who have corruption-related complaints.

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