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Sentence For Two In Alleged Corruption

Sentence For Two In Alleged Corruption
Corruption
May 30
11:00 2018

Two former Public Works Department workers will be sentenced in the Suva High Court on June 8, 2018.

The two woman namely Amelia Vunisa and Laisa Halafi are charged with abuse of office charges.

They are alleged to have committed the alleged offences between January 1, 2010 and May 31, 2010 when they falsely facilitated the process of payments of funds to Profession­al Stationery in the abuse of their office.

They both pleaded guilty to the charges.

Vunisea’s lawyer Amani Bale said his client was involved in a $28,794 scam involving 11 cheques in total.

He said his client claims that she did not benefit in any way.

Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FI­CAC) lawyer Anaseini Lomani said the accused is current­ly serving a prison sentence of eight years which involved a total sum of $359,147.27.

Justice Temo said if he found that the accused persons were fooling around with the Court he said the Court could be minded to impose a consecutive sentence to those who were evasive.

He said plea mitigations were very important and law­yers should advise their clients to be very careful on how they approach the Court.

Ms Lomani said Halafi was serving a nine years and 11 months prison sentence as of May last year.

She said the accused was previously sentenced for a case involving $362,944.37.

Ms Lomani said in the present case the accused was al­leged to have caused a loss of $32,066.77 of which she gained between $2000 to $3000.

Halafi’s lawyer Joseph Daurewa said his client admits that she played a major role in the offences.

Both women are currently serving inmates.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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