The arraignment of the former employee of Royal Cargo Palau Inc., who was recently charged with theft and filing false and fraudulent tax returns is scheduled on February 6, 2017.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP)  filed  a criminal vase of criminal charges against defendant Wilbur Ngirngetrang, Criminal Case No. 16-170.


Defendant Ngimgetrang is charged with one count of Theft in the First Degree, one count of Theft in the Second Degree, two counts of Falsifying Business Records, nine counts of Obtaining Signature by Deception, and two counts of Filing False and Fraudulent Tax Returns.

Acoording to a press statement from the OSP,  Ngimgetrang  stole over $20,000 in payments from customers who were settling invoices with Royal Cargo Palau.

The affidavit of probable cause alleged that the defendant allegedly asked Royal Cargo customers to issue checks in his name instead of the business company.

Ngimgetrang also is alleged to have stolen over $5,000 in service fees from Royal Cargo Palau by misrepresenting to Royal Cargo Palau customers that he owned his own importing business while still a full-time employee of Royal Cargo Palau.

The OSP also alleges that Ngimgetrang filed business tax returns which claimed $0 in business income despite his collecting these service fees.

The Special Prosecutor, Steven M. Killelea, in the OSP statement, “wants to assure the business community, both domestic and international, that Palau is a country where business investments and interests are afforded the protection of the law.”

He also said that The OSP has jurisdiction over any violation of the law in Palau.

Special Prosecutor Killelea indicates that the charges levied against Defendant Ngirngetrang evidences the Republic’s commitment to that endeavor. [/restrict]