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7 in custody over $100 bills theft

December 31
12:30 2012

By MAIKELI SERU

Police are expected to lay charges today against seven people who allegedly stole and circulated $50,000 worth of new bank notes.
Police said the notes bearing the new design released by the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) earlier this month, were allegedly stolen during a bank-to-bank  delivery from the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF).
Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro said four of the suspects in custody were security officers.
She said they are employees of a security firm hired for bank to bank deliveries.
The firm said they would comment on the issue after the four had been charged.
Meanwhile, Police have managed to recover close to $40,000 worth of the missing notes.
This follows a search conducted at the home of one of the security officers at his Nadi home last Friday.
“Upon searching Police discovered $4500 worth of the new $100 currency bills from the suspect’s home,” Ms Naisoro said.
She said part of the loot had also been recovered from Koro Island in Lomaiviti Group.
“Another 46 new $100 dollar bills were recovered from various shops and individuals on Koro Island. Investigations have so far revealed that one of the suspects had spent a week on the island before departing for Taveuni.
“So far $39,400 of the new currency has been recovered and the effort continues on recovering the rest of the missing bills.”
This means that about $10,000 is at large and Police have warned people against using them since they are of no value until January 2 – Wednesday.
“As for now the four main suspects are security officers. No one has been charged as yet, however seven people are now in custody including the four security officers. The other three are alleged to have received the stolen currency. We are meeting with the DPP’s office to discuss what possible charges could be laid against those who may be charged,” Ms Naisoro said.

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