HOW CORRUPT PNG CASH – Dirty Money – IS REACHING AUSTRALIA – Current Affairs Dateline SBS

Published on Jun 23, 2015

A special investigation on Dateline reveals senior lawyers detailing how to avoid detection when laundering money into Australia and beyond.

A private investigator filmed secretly at a leading law firm in Papua New Guinea, revealing a trail of corruption and influence peddling involving politicians, bureaucrats and lawyers.

The investigator posed as a fund manager looking to invest in PNG during an initial appointment with Young and Williams Lawyers.

He was working for the NGO, Global Witness, and later handed the footage to SBS and Fairfax.

The law firm is owned by Australian Greg Sheppard and his business partner Harvey Maladina.

They have represented high profile clients, including the current PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Several of their clients have faced corruption charges, so the investigator is looking to find out if their practices are above board.

“All those sorts of mobilization fees really ought to originate from off shore,” Sheppard tells the investigator when asked about politicians looking for bribes over the sale of land.

“It’s something that needs to be handled very, very carefully.”

“You’ve got to make sure it’s not going to be attacked as money laundering… if you were to pay seven figures to anybody, the world would fall in on top of you,” he says.

“Small dribs and drabs are the only way to go… anyone who says seven figures, they are inviting prosecution.”

Greg Sheppard

Greg Sheppard is the father of three members of the popular Brisbane band Sheppard, and owns the business behind it.

He was until recently a director of Wilson Protective Services, a subsidiary of Wilson Security, which is the company that runs the Australian detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru.

His resume also says he’s a former Queensland Crown Prosecutor and his website says he was awarded an OBE and the Companion of the Star of Melanesia for his distinguished service to PNG.

He’s lived and worked in PNG for more than 25 years.

In conversation with the investigator, he states that he’s not advising the potential investor to break the law.

“I’m approaching it from a lawyer’s point of view, I don’t want to advise you to do anything illegal,” he says.

“It would have to be something that didn’t raise suspicions, something that was ostensibly commercial.”

The Australian Federal Police estimates more than $200 million of corrupt money is laundered from Papua New Guinea into Australia every year.

Harvey Maladina

Sheppard’s business partner Harvey Maladina is even more bold in explaining how to do business PNG-style.

“Just look after the top guy, normally it’s the minister,” is his advice re payments. “It shouldn’t be [normal], but it is.”

“If you’re a politician, it’s the quickest route to being a millionaire here.”

Maladina is from a highly influential family – his father and brothers were involved in politics.

The conversation turns to how bribes are disguised – Maladina discusses using inflated legal bills.

“If you engage us, we engage him,” he says. “We do our bills… you pay us, and we send his money off to Australia, to his Australian account.”

“Is he happy to adjust the bill so that it’s higher so you can get the money out to Australia?” asks the investigator.

“Sure,” replies Maladina.

He also mentions a high profile Australian QC who helps facilitate the process.

“Normally it’s through the law firms, they don’t usually question that,” he says.

“The door is pretty wide open if you’re a foreign corrupt official looking to move your dirty money into Australia,” says Jason Sharman, a money laundering expert at Griffith University in Queensland. “The risks of detection and being caught are almost zero.”

“Australia is complicit in this through its inaction or through turning a blind eye,” he says.

And there’s speculation Canberra doesn’t want to rock the boat because of the detention centre on Manus Island.

“I think the recent deal over Manus Island… has added another element there where the Australian Government definitely doesn’t want to irritate the PNG Government for fear of that deal unravelling.”

Dateline put a series of questions about bribery and money laundering to both lawyers.

Harvey Maladina replied saying, “The allegations are not true… at no time did I make or insinuate that illegal payments can be made through my firm.”

Greg Sheppard told us he considers the allegations to be false and that any comments would be given within the overarching requirements of PNG laws.

Watch the full investigation above.

Greg Sheppard’s Response

I do not recall meeting with anybody identifying themselves as a representative of “New Botany Fund” on the date you mentioned, or at all.

I have since receiving your email checked all of my firm’s records and can confirm that New Botany Fund was never at any time a client of this firm and therefore, no legal advice was given to it through its representative.

I am often approached informally by a variety of people who are not clients to share aspects of my knowledge and practical experience in PNG, and in these areas of the law. My comments on these occasions are by the very nature of the exchange, general, hypothetical and merely descriptive. I always assume that those who ask me for this kind of information are doing so to broaden their understanding of the issues and practices here under the relevant laws. It is illogical to think someone would be looking for this type of information to ensure their conduct is illegal. Any information I share, is in the context of the overarching requirement to comply with the laws of PNG.

If your anonymous source was one of these people, I regret that he did not clearly understand this.

I consider the allegations contained in your letter to be false and highly defamatory, and you ought not to publish them.

I reserve all of my rights pertaining to this matter, and have forwarded a copy of your email and this reply to my solicitors.

Harvey Maladina’s Response

These allegations are not true.

I met an American businessman at the Airways Hotel in Port Moresby last year but at no time did I make or insinuate that illegal payments can be made through my firm or through my Partner Mr Greg Sheppard.

I told him that yes through the media I have read that this was common in PNG but that was it.

We (Greg & I) have been in practice now for over 30 years and we have never assisted anyone bribe or facilitated an illegal payment from the firm or through my partner Greg Sheppard. I recall this expatriate asking me how he could bribe the Minister for Forest. I declined to comment for the reason because I have never made or assisted in this illegal practice before and never will in future.

I have never introduced this person to Greg; any suggestion that I introduced this person to Greg through me is an outrageous lie. I met him once for a short meeting and have never met him again since.

It is quite extraordinary that you have been able to make a story line from this meeting that implicates my partner and me of these ludicrous bribery and money laundering insinuations.

AUSTRAC (Australian Government Transaction and Reports Analysis Centre) Response

Background comments:

Papua New Guinea is a near neighbor and important bilateral and regional partner.

We treat seriously any allegations that Australia is harboring proceeds of corruption from PNG or that such proceeds are being laundered in Australia.

Australia has a robust anti-money laundering framework to deter and detect money laundering, based on international standards. We are committed to ensuring Australia is not a safe haven for the proceeds of corruption.

Banks and other regulated businesses are required to have appropriate controls to counter the money-laundering risk posed by corrupt foreign officials and politicians, including customer identification and financial transaction and suspicious matter reporting requirements.

Consistent with our commitment to tackle corruption domestically and overseas, Australian agencies work closely and cooperatively with PNG authorities to combat corruption.

Australia is investing considerable resources to strengthen PNG’s capacity to combat corruption, including assistance to strengthen PNG’s anti-money laundering framework to comply with FATF standards and its capacity in the area of proceeds of crime and investigation.  This includes support to build PNG police capacity to detect and investigate cases of fraud and corruption.

Q1: What processes are in place to track the flow of money from PNG to Australia?

Australia’s AML/CTF regime includes a range of measures to address and mitigate the risk of overseas entities (including individuals) misusing the Australian financial system.

Australia’s regime is based on international Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards which require businesses to adequately identify customers and to determine whether those customers should be subject to additional checks.

Customer identification requirements

Australia’s AML/CTF laws require reporting entities (including banks and casinos) to have in place rigorous customer identification procedures appropriate to their particular business. These procedures are designed to identify overseas customers who may pose an increased money laundering risk and include appropriate systems to detect and report any suspicious transfer undertaken by their customers.

AUSTRAC closely regulates reporting entities in Australia to promote compliance with these customer identification obligations.

Financial transaction and suspicious matter reporting requirements

AUSTRAC’s reporting entities are required to report certain threshold transactions, as well as international funds transfers and suspicious matters.

Reporting entities are required to report to AUSTRAC any suspicious activity undertaken if the entity has reasonable grounds to suspect that the activity may be related to a money laundering or any other offence under a Commonwealth, state or territory law.

Where AUSTRAC receives intelligence relating to possible instances of corruption, bribery and money laundering, AUSTRAC refers the information to relevant partner agencies, including the Australian Federal Police, intelligence agencies and, where appropriate, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and/or relevant international partners.

Q2: Is cracking down on money laundering between PNG and Australia a priority? Experts have told us Austrac and other authorities are turning a blind eye due to sensitivities between Australia and PNG due to Manus Island.

The Australian Government is working to enhance our joint disruption efforts to ensure that Australia is not a safe haven for the proceeds of corruption.

Domestically, agencies such as the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD), the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) collaborate closely to ensure that Australia has a robust anti-money laundering framework to deter and detect money into Australia.

Australia is also committed to assisting our foreign partners such as PNG.

The Australian Government supports Papua New Guinean authorities to detect, investigate and prosecute cases of corruption.

The Australian Attorney-General’s Department and AUSTRAC are helping to harden the PNG financial system against money laundering, corrupt activity and terrorist financing through the Combating Corruption Project.

Australia’s Attorney-General’s Department, AUSTRAC and the Australian Federal Police are providing specific expertise to strengthen PNG’s anti-corruption efforts.

This work is part of Australia’s increased commitment to supporting good governance in PNG through Australia’s aid program.
Source:Dirty Money: How corrupt PNG cash is reaching Australia

37+ Odd Years, Means Nothing At All.

OLD NEWS

“Landing at Woitape, after passing over Ononge Mission station, I was greeted by cold cool fresh mountain air, which immediately forced me into getting my warm coat out to provide heat for my over heated body from Port Moresby’s oven-like climate.

Well, that was about it all. The natural flora and fauna, the beauty, the freshness, the cool breeze, the cute smiles from innocent onlookers, expecting some goodies from the the Port Moresby via the plane.

Goilala's District Dev. Forum Blog

On the 13th January 2012, I took a flight up to Woitape on a cesnar one engine plane operated by Sunbird Aviation Limited.

It was a smooth ride, the scenery was beautiful, natural as it was initially created. Pristine, virgin rain forest extending as far as the eye can see. Cool, Fresh mountain rivers flowing down hill towards the coast creating the best rafting environment for fast flowing river rafting enthusiastic fanatics.

Landing at Woitape, after passing over Ononge Mission station, I was greeted by cold cool fresh mountain air, which immediately forced me into getting my warm coat out to provide heat for my over heated body from Port Moresby’s oven-like climate.

Well, that was about it all. The natural flora and fauna, the beauty, the freshness, the cool breeze, the cute smiles from innocent onlookers, expecting some goodies from the the Port Moresby via the plane.

After the cesnar departed back…

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HAREN TRAVEL SERVICES DEDUCTS 12% MISSION – RIP OFF FOR TEACHERS

OLD NEWS…

“A 12% ‘Commission’ was deducted by a travel agent on top of K100 ‘Processing’ fee and a K30 Cheque clearance fee. Ordinarily, Travel Agents collect 10% which basically should cover Admin/Processing Fees. This is unethical and broad daylight robbery. The travel agent concern is HAREN TRAVEL SERVICES (6-92268). Section 54, Allotment 1, Pasuwe Haus, Ago Street, GORDONS, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea”

Goilala's District Dev. Forum Blog

TEACHERS RIPPED-OFF Teachers in Central Province who are due for Leave were shocked and frustrated after hefty unjustified deductions were made to their entitlements. A 12% ‘Commission’ was deducted by a travel agent on top of K100 ‘Processing’ fee and a K30 Cheque clearance fee. Ordinarily, Travel Agents collect 10% which basically should cover Admin/Processing Fees. This is unethical and broad daylight robbery. The travel agent concern is HAREN TRAVEL SERVICES (6-92268).Section 54, Allotment 1, Pasuwe Haus, Ago Street, GORDONS, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea, HAREN is the Travel Agent, that was engaged by Central Province  Division of Education. All teachers from  Central who were entitled for Leave this year are been affected by this day light robbery, said a staff member. Another concern Papua New Guinean said “What the travel agencies are doing is illegal under the IRC Tax Law. If they are paying monetary value…

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PANGU PARTY CANDIDATE GOES RURAL – WOITAPE LLG – BY ELECTION 2015 – GOILALA OPEN

Minister Farrakhan Exposes The Secrets of Freemasonry (2 of 2) (Feb 27, 2011)

Uploaded on Mar 2, 2011

Did you know that at least 9 of the 56 signatures on the Declaration of Independence were Freemasons? The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan reveals the true meaning behind the symbols of Freemasonry and exposes the #1 secret that the world rulers didn’t want you to know

Minister Farrakhan Exposes The Secrets of Freemasonry (1 of 2) (Feb 27, 2011)

Did you know that at least 9 of the 56 signatures on the Declaration of Independence were Freemasons?

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan reveals the true meaning behind the symbols of Freemasonry and exposes the #1 secret that the world rulers didn’t want you to know

ONE QUALITY A TRUE LEADER NEEDS TO POSSESS – Mr MICHAEL ATUAI

The ONE Quality A True Leader Needs To Possess

According to Oxford dictionaries a leader is “The person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country.“ To lead meaning “to show (someone or something) the way to a destination by going in front of or beside them.“
Well, that´s the theory. What about the reality?

First, forget about a definition telling you that leading equals commanding. Instead it should say “Leading is influencing in a sustainable and cooperative manner,“ i.e. collaborating with people without manipulation.
Second, Leading needs to go hand in hand with Executing.

Why?
At the end, a successful leader needs to be able to realize growth by delivering results. In a three-dimensional manner: For the benefit of her organization, for her professional development, and – most importantly – for her personal evolution.
HOW BEST TO LEAD?
Outstanding leaders are both effective and efficient by aiming at doing the right things in the right way. They are not driven by short-term results. Instead they are completely customer-centric by following a long-term perspective

AND HOW BEST TO EXECUTE?
Top leaders strongly believe in the art of execution. At the same time they know how hard and painful it can be until having things seamlessly implemented.
Many so-called leaders are NOT capable of and willing to focus with firmness and passion on Executing in Excellence. Unfortunately they do not possess the seven essential behaviours which characterize a true leader of execution:
Know your people and your business, insist on realism, set clear goals and priorities, follow through, reward the doers, expand people’s capabilities through coaching, know yourself and be open.

FINALLY…
Exceptional leaders master one of the ultimate balancing acts of superior leadership – they know how to lead with head and heart. Meaning they are respected for having both a strong results focus and social skills.
Or, as Eleanor Roosevelt stated: “To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.”

Leadership has nothing to do with seniority, title, age, or charisma. It´s also different to management which is about organizing, coordinating, planning, and monitoring.

Leadership is about positively influencing people to achieve the best possible common target.

Kosipe Catholic Mission – Through My Camera Lens

PANGU PARTY CANDIDATE SPREAD THE MESSAGE IN GOILALA – Team GOILALA

Team Goilala has sent out an OPEN invite to all intending candidates for Goilala Open BY ELECTIONS in the following locations on the specified dates.

Tentative Rally Dates and Venues for Pangu Party Candidate Mr William Samb for the Goilala Ope By Election - 2015.
Tentative Rally Dates and Venues for Pangu Party Candidate Mr William Samb for the Goilala Ope By Election – 2015.

In the letter, contact information is been indicated to make contact with the organizers so necessary arrangements will be made to cater/include you in the program for that day in that rally.

Team Goilala and Honorable Samuel H. Basil​ takes politics down to the rural people of Goilala and break it down for them one on one for a better understanding.

The days of playing politics in Port Moresby is now over. And the days of lying to the people with cargo cult promises is now over.

Its now time to be real and speak the truth so people are better informed to make a better informed decision at the polls.

DARK FORCES SWING INTO ACTION IN GOILALA BY ELECTION

DARK FORCES LARKS BEHIND GOILALA CANDIDATES FOR THEIR OWN GAIN

Everything that happens in this world, does so, for a reason. And that is so because agenda driven individuals make it happen the way it happens.

The Goilala By Elections is no different and thus far, whether we are aware or not, the big players and dark forces have gone about getting their agents and plans well and truly into motion long before we come to realize them.

It is common knowledge Central Provincial Government [with direction from the top] has gone about to finance and endorse certain candidate(s) to contest this By Election.

Not to be out done, Goilala District Administration has also gone out to finance and endorse certain candidate(s) to contest as well.

Realizing that there was already a competitor in the playing field, CPG has taken a step further to strengthen its influence by having a hand in the appointment of Electoral Officials in the LLGs – Tapini/Woitape/Guari.

There is a lot of signs and symptoms to read from and draw your own conclusion, one very obvious indicator is the quality of the candidates.

Comparing the pool of candidates contesting this Goilala By Election to the past elections, one has to admit that the Education Qualification in this By Election truly out smarts nearly all elections.

Alot of players are involved in this BY ELECTION. The onus is on us now to be wary of them and keep a look out for them.

Money will be used to influence the outcome. Threats will be used at certain stages as well. Foul play will be employed and bribery will literally be the bait used.

We as people and responsible citizens of our wonderful District, need to take ownership of this By Election and be on guard at all times.

Speak up for what is right and never buckle and fear bullies and their bullying tactics. Because the Law is always on our side.

LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY. LONG LIVE THE POWER OF MAJORITY.

Source: From the Inside.