The head of the budget and finance commission of French Polynesia's Assembly, Clarenntz Vernaudon, has been detained for alleged fraud.
Tahiti Presse says Mr Vernaudon, who is a member of the ruling Union for Democracy party, has been transferred to Nuutania Prison after being held for questioning for two days.
He's alleged to have been involved in a tax exemption scam to the benefit of several companies including Taiarapu Marine.
The provisional detention follows last month's arrest of a local businessman, Thierry Pageau, over the affair.
In 1999 Mr Vernaudon was banned from running a business for ten years.
He's also a former sports minister in the government run by Gaston Tong Sang.