5 Jul 2010

Cook Islands audit director under investigation

8:17 am on 5 July 2010

The Cook Islands Commissioner of Police has confirmed an investigation will be made into a a formal complaint of misconduct lodged by the former secretary of finance Sholan Ivaiti against the country's Director of Audits.

Commissioner Ma'ara Tetava says police are examining the content of the complaint against Audit Director Paul Allsworth and are treating the matter seriously.

Mr Ivaiti alleges the Audit Director received bonus payments and backdated pay increases that were not properly authorized.

He has called for an independent investigation into the matter.