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Employees Warned Not To Steal Palau Government Property
During administrative transition, workers allegedly stole car tires

By Aurea Gerundio-Dizon

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Jan. 17, 2013) – Property and Supply Chief Milan Isaack Wednesday issued memorandum to all employees of Palau’s national government with regards to unauthorized removal or taking of government properties.

When the Toribiong administration was drawing to a close, some employees of the national government were reportedly taking the opportunity to remove property that belongs to the national government. Information reportedly reached the Division of Property and Supply that some employees removed tires of government vehicles that are still good and changed it with something old.

Isaack warned the employees that unauthorized removal of government property is a prosecutable criminal offense that is punishable by both a fine and time in prison.

Isaack urged all employees to cease the removal of government property.

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) is reportedly conducting an on-going inventory of national government property and, when appropriate, will be providing the information to the Attorney General’s Office for prosecution.

Isaack said that effective January 17, MOF will presume that the last known employee in possession or control of government property that is missing has removed that property for their personal use with intent to permanently deprive the national government of property in question and such person or persons will be held accountable accordingly.

Isaack urged those who have already removed properties of the national government to review their actions and return what they have removed.

Isaack said any property that has been taken and returned in a timely manner may be spared from prosecution.

All employees are advised to take the notice seriously as it will be the top priority of the Remengesau-Bells administration to account for all missing property of the national government.

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