26 Aug 2005

Education foundation in Indonesia's Papua accused of fraud

1:15 pm on 26 August 2005

An educational organisation in the Indonesian province of Papua has been accused of being involved in the largest financial fraud case ever reported there.

The Jakarta Post reports the Kimani Foundation has been accused of defrauding about 1,500 Papua residents out of more than 75,000 US dollars.

Representatives allegedly travelled to villages in Papua, telling residents the foundation was working with a foreign philanthropic organisation to provide educational aid to Papuans.

Residents were told they would receive aid, but first had to fill in a registration form and pay a fee.

The executive director of the foundation, Wolter Oijaitouw, has been arrested.

If convicted, Mr Oijaitouw could face up to five years in prison for fraud.