Auditor General arrested for fraud

<p>Director of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, Mathew Damaru confirmed that Nauga was arrested with charges of abuse of office, conspiracy to defraud, and misappropriation of 247,500 thousand kina.</p>

<p>The charges emanated from an allegation that two audit contracts were awarded to Frank Benabo and associates, to conduct an audit inspection on Aitapei District’s DSIP books in 20-12 at the cost of 123, 750 kina.</p>

<p>&nbsp;The other contract was awarded to Mendi District DSIP in 20-12 at the same cost as the previous contract but for a lesser period of time.</p>

<p>Investigations revealed that Nauga convened a meeting to approve the tenders without a tender’s brief and proper evaluation reports from the secretariat in line with standard procedures.</p>

<p>Based on the findings Nauga was invited to the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate on Tuesday where he was interviewed than charged and taken to the Boroko police cells.</p>

<p>He is set to appear in court this week.</p>

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