A HEALTH worker at the Boah Health Centre has been charged with defrauding the Nawaeb district of more than K56,000.
The 37-year-old woman had proposed and was granted K56,400 for a nutritional health training programme in January last year.
She did not carry out the training but allegedly withdrew the money from the bank account for her own use.
Morobe police commander Chief Supt Kaiglo Ambane said yesterday the woman was detained on June 2 and charged. She was released on bail pending trial.
“I want to send a clear message out to public servants who abuse the people’s money to stop the practice,” Supt Ambane said.
“If we (police) get complaints against people stealing public funds we will effect arrests without any delay.”
In another case, an alleged cult follower was detained on Sunday for sexually touching his four-year-old niece at Sikikia village, Sialum in the Tewai-Siassi electorate.
Ambane said the suspect was shot in the leg last year in an operation against a cult movement.
The man escaped and had been in hiding since.