Finance Minister Rick Hou. Photo credit: GCU.

Finance Minister Rick Hou. Photo credit: GCU.

The Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon Rick Hou has commended all parties involve on the recent court decision to convict and sentence Mr Wesley Poloso of the fake shipping company, Joke Shipping.

In a statement today, Hon Rick Hou says it is very pleasing to see the collaborative and successful work undertaken between Internal Audit officers of the Ministry of Finance, Public Prosecution Office, Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Fraud Squad of the RSIPF to identify the fraud and gather the evidence for this investigation.

Minister Hou says it is sad to know that Mr Poloso was one of the key players in the scam to rip off 10 – million from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services which were provided for health care purposes in the provinces.

Minister Hou adds this fraud is serious as it denies people living in the provinces of much needed health care that the Government together with donor partners strives to provide.

SIBC News understands investigations are ongoing and further persons of interest are expected to be eventually charged and face the court.

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