AUSTRALIAN LAWYER ARRESTED AND CHARGED
Members of a special police unit arrested and charged Australian lawyer Gregory James Sheppard in Port Moresby.
REASONS WHY SHEPPARD WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED
His arrest and charge stemmed from his alleged involvement in stealing and misappropriating K268 million. The money belongs to the people of Western Province.
The Special Police Forensic Criminal Investigation Team (SPFCIT) arrested him on Tuesday, interviewed him and press charges.
Police Commissioner, David Manning said his men charged lawyer Sheppard with two counts each of misappropriation and money laundering.
In a media statement, he said they pressed the charges on him for his alleged direct involvement in transfering of funds amounting to K52 million
Sheppard works for Young & Williams Lawyers in Port Moresby. https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/318413/governor-of-png%27s-western-province-jailed-for-10-years
These funds were part of the K268 million that the alleged culprits unlawfully withdrew from WPPD TA, said Mr Manning.
Others call WPPD TA as Western Province People’s Dividends Community Mine Continuation Agreement Trust Funds.
The trust account stays with the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (PNG) Limited (ANZ Bank).
In addition, Manning said previously police brought him in relation to the same criminal investigation and landed charge on him.
Further, he said charges comprise of with two counts each of conspiracy and false pretense in January.
So far, police has charged the defendant with a total of eight (8) offences. https://pngsun.com/2021/05/25/pm-praised-for-sidelining-czuba/