Former governor of Ngiwal State, Ellender Ngirameketii was sentenced yesterday after having been convicted in July on various counts of Misconduct in Office, Code of Ethics violations, Social Security Administration violations, and Unified Tax Act violations.
Sentencing order has not yet been issued by the court but according to sources at court yesterday, Mr. Ngirameketii was sentenced to pay half of the amount he failed to disclose in his ethics report which would be about $600,000 as, according to charges against him, he failed to report $1.3 million of his income from his security business, Okal Security Agency. Also, according to sources, he was sentenced to five years in prison, which were all suspended and he was placed on probation.
Mr. Ngirameketii was charged by the Office of Special Prosecutor last year for numerous violations of the Code of Ethics, Unified Tax Act, Social Security Administration, and Misconduct in Office.
In his trial, it was proven that he had underreported his income from his business from 2014 to 2018, and failed to pay taxes and social security contributions for his employees. It also showed that he did not obtain a valid business license for years 2016 to 2019 for his Okal Security Agency company.