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Alleged Scam Probe, More Visa Details

Alleged Scam Probe, More Visa Details
IN THE SPOTLIGHT... Neumi Leweni is suspended, pending an investigation.
May 25
10:01 2018


More shocking details have been uncovered as investigations into the alleged visa scam in the Min­istry of Foreign Affairs continue.

The exposure of the alleged scam has led to the sacking of a protocol officer and the suspension of the Chief Protocol Officer, Neumi Leweni.

It is understood that Police investigations have collected damning evidence against the sacked officer. More names of civil servants have also been provided as Police investigations widen.

It is believed the alleged scam has been in operation for several years.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said yesterday the file on the sacked female of­ficer would be forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions today.

She declined to give more details.

But it is understood that the discovery of two non-civil servants in the official list of Government delegates to the Common­wealth Heads of Government Meeting in London recently was only the tip of the iceberg. The “mystery pair”, understood to be locals, had tried unsuccessfully to enter Australia using a fake visa.

They were caught and sent back on a flight home. How their names got on the CHOGM list was being investigated. It has also been found that the alleged scam also involved the processing of passports and overseas visas not only for civil servants and but non-civil servants too using the special diplomatic privilege. As a result a growing number of civil servants now have multi­ple visas to certain countries.

It was also discovered that the sacked of­ficer allegedly had an agent in one repu­table organisation in Suva. The agent was allegedly openly promoting the alleged clandestine service at a fee. It is understood that the agent was dismissed when the al­leged racket was exposed. The whole saga has caused Government some embarrass­ment in diplomatic circles.

The Government has taken swift action.

Mr Leweni has been stood down because the alleged scam was discovered under his watch.



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