An Australian volunteer who was doing whatever volunteers do in PNG.
I was there for 2 years until Dec 2005 .. I hope I made the most of it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


New accountant in the department. Only takes him a few weeks to uncover the depth of fraud cases that our students have been pulling over our eyes.

We knew that we had a few cases of students deceiving us with their fees. But now we are discovering the really juicy ones.

The usual scenario is due to our system of registration. The students have to deposit the fees directly into our bank account at BSP and then come and give the deposit slip butt to us. Somewhere between the bank and our desk, out comes the magic biro and an extra 0 or two is added to their original deposit. For example, some of the courses costs 170 kina, the kid puts in 17 and gives it a touch up.

Fortunately this will be easily fixed. We make our own deposit slips to give to the students which have four carbon copy sheets and where they have to write in words the amount they are depositing. The bank takes one sheet, the student one, us one and one for the university admin books. This is something we should have done a long time ago.

The really clever fraud or at least the really ballsy one we have unearthed involved the described situation above but up'd a little. Student deposits 6 kina. Changes it to 660 kina (the cost of a couple of courses added together). Then he registers. Then he withdraws two weeks later (we give them a four week period where they can get out). We (and here is where we really screwed up) get a cheque organised for 620 kina, taking 40 kina for admin costs. Sneaky.

Getting a department accountant has been a good idea.