Fri. Oct 18th, 2019

Need time to seek counsel: Governor of Ngiwal

Governor of Ngiwal Ellender Ngirameketti who has been accused of falsifying the amount for five years in Financial Disclosure Statements was scheduled to appear before the court on August 7th but in the events of demise of father-in-law former President Thomas Remengesau, Ngirameketti moved the court for enlargement of time for appearance.

Remengesau passed away on August 3rd and in light of family obligations, Ngirameketti requested the court to provide him with more time to hire a counsel to represent him in the court.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor had objected to this request, however, the court agreed to the motion for enlargement of time to obtain counsel and has set the hearing for September 5.

Ngirameketti has also been accused of not possessing a business license and failing to make social security employee contribution.

Ngiramaketii who is the owner of Okal Security Agency continued his business operations after his license expired post 2015 and provided security to the Capitol Bulding. The OSP claimed that after the license was expired, Ngiramaketii received more than one notice from the Department of Finance.

According to the OSP investigator Joram Madlutk, Ngiramaketii is obliged to file a yearly financial disclosure statement with the Ethics Commission as he serves as a governor. Madlutk alleged that Ngiramaketii falsified the revenue amount from 2014 to present stating that he made less than $14,000 total revenue.

The investigation revealed that Ngiramaketii received $99,666.76 from the government in 2014 as a payment for the security services provided by his company but he allegedly falsified the amount in the disclosure statement and claimed less than the full income he received to be between $1,000 to $10,000.

In the year 2015, Ngiramaketii received $150,861.49 from the government but he claimed the income received to be $1,000.

$1,000 was allegedly shown for 2016,2017 and 2018 as well but the total amount Ngiramaketii received in the year 2016 was $137,146.70, for the year 2017 it was $123,432.15 and in the year 2018 he received $195,621.47 from the government for the security services provided by Okal Security.

The OSP has alleged that Ngiramaketii knowingly misled a public servant of Ethics Commission by misstating his income. (By Eshan Kalyanikar)