30 Nov 2006

CNMI audit shows highlights fraud

11:58 am on 30 November 2006

An audit in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas shows eight frequent travelers from the now defunct Marianas Public Lands Authority used half of the 1.3 million US dollars the agency spent on travel between 2001 to 2005.

The Saipan Tribune reports that the 8 individuals took 102 of the 195 trips included in the public auditor's review of the authority's travel spending.

Two of the officials spent more than one hundred thousand dollars each on travel.

The audit found that there appears to have been an excessive number of days spent travelling and that

excessive amounts of per diem expenses were also claimed.