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Fraud charges against Paul Paraka total over $100 million

Paul ParakaLIAM COCHRANE | ABC PNG Correspondent

POLICE in Papua New Guinea have charged lawyer Paul Paraka with an additional 32 corruption-related offences, bringing the total alleged fraud to more than $A100 million.

Anti-corruption investigators allege the PNG Government paid millions of dollars to Paul Paraka Lawyers for inflated or invented legal cases. Mr Paraka was arrested last year over 18 alleged offences and now police have added another 32 charges of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and misappropriation.

The total amount allegedly defrauded by Paul Paraka is around $AU102 million. The case has embroiled prime minister Peter O'Neill, who is alleged to have authorised some of the payments.


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Phil Fitzpatrick

The scale of this outrage is breathtaking - even on a global scale.

Jimmy Awagl

Such a huge amount of money depicts the culture, ethics and environment of this prominent lawyer. Money and prestige makes you lose your reputation so stick to services for people rather than money.

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