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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Surfaced reports in PNG link huge debts to Solomon Islander on the loose in Port Moresby

Reports of a foreigner moving around Papua New Guinea with huge debts trailing him poured was uncovered by the Post Courier Newspaper this week.

The reports, from businesspeople and a government taxation officer, allegedly link the foreigner to the newspaper’s reports about a Solomon Islands man who is reported to be an illegal resident in PNG.

The Solomon Islander has not been detained by police because they do not have proper documents to act on complaints about his activities. Police yesterday said they could not carry out any arrests on the person because they did not have any papers from complainants or the Government authorities regarding the matter.

But several people from all over Papua New Guinea this week called the Post-Courier claiming they were looking for the same person because, they say, he owes them thousands of kina from businesses he has been involved in.

A mother in Lae said she was still waiting for K33,000, allegedly borrowed by the sought-after man and his wife during a business deal.

A Highlander operating a taxi service in Port Moresby also said he was owed more than K180,000 from a business deal that went wrong between the two of them. He said he reported to the police but nothing had been done as far as he could tell.

Internal Revenue Commission boss in Popondetta, George Gumaba, said yesterday the same man had been involved in a contract in Popondetta and owed the parties more than K300,000.

Mr Gumaba said the man had an agent buying gold in the province, that this person got one kilogram of gold worth more than K10,000 from the people and still had not repaid them.

“This person has created a mess in Popondetta, buys gold and doesn’t pay the people. He signed an agreement with a group to run his PMV service and without letting them know, changed the operators and agents – still owing them a lot of money,” Mr Gumaba said.

Meanwhile Foreign Affairs is still tight-lipped about the whole issue and would not comment yesterday when contacted.

Source: Post Courier

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