Wed. Jan 29th, 2020

OSP files case against Ngiwal Governor

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has filed a case that includes twenty counts against the incumbent Governor of Ngiwal Ellender Ngiramaketii for allegedly falsifying the amount for five years in Financial Disclosure Statements submitted to the Ethics Commission, 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 after 2015. The OSP claimed that after the license was expired, Ngiramaketii received more than one notice from the Department of Finance.

The OSP has alleged that Ngiramaketii knowingly engaged in business without having a valid business license and accepted contracts from the Republic of Palau to provide security at the Capitol Complex.

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.

Ngiramaketii allegedly failed to make social security contributions in 2014 on behalf of some of his Okal Security Agency employees.

However, the OSP claimed that there were no social security contributions at all in the year 2015, 2016, 2017,2018 and through to May 1 of this year which is a violation of the social security act

The court has ordered Bank of Hawaii to freeze the account belonging to Ngiramaketii immediately and prohibit all the transactions. (By Eshan Kalyanikar)