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Accused Pair Deposited PTC Money Into Their Bank Accounts, Court Hears

Accused Pair Deposited PTC Money Into Their Bank Accounts, Court Hears
From left: Accused Rine Sorby outside the High Court in Suva , Accused Rosheen Raj outside the High Court in Suva on August 30, 2018. Photo: Ashna Kumar
August 31
11:00 2018

A witness in the trial against two women who allegedly laundered over $500,000 from the Pacific Theological Col­lege (PTC) told the court yester­day that the pair allegedly altered cheques and deposited money into their bank accounts on a weekly basis.

Nilesh Sharma, the second wit­ness in the trial gave evidence at the High Court in Suva before Jus­tice Salesi Temo.

Accused pair Rosheen Raj and Rine Sorby are charged with three counts each of money laundering.

It is alleged that between June 1, 2006, and November 30, 2012, the two while being employed at the PTC laundered around $582,000.

Mr Sharma, who was employed as the finance director by PTC at the time of the alleged incidents, told the court that the women had made alterations to the cheque which was used to make payments of up to $1000 to both of the ac­cused’s bank accounts on a weekly basis, without anyone’s knowl­edge.

Mr Sharma told the court that the auditors who had finalised the col­lege’s 2008 financial report could not complete the 2009 financial re­port because they found that some documents were missing.

He told the court that the reports had collapsed on two occasions because of the non-availability of the information.

Mr Sharma said multiple re­quests were made to Raj to provide all the documents and submit it to the auditors, but the accused had made excuses that she had other work and bank errands to do.

He also told the court that Raj would deposit money at the bank and return to the office when it was closed.

Mr Sharma also told the court that at the time of the alleged inci­dent, Raj had a salary of $8000 per annum and Sorby had a salary of $10,000 per annum.

He said after the collapse of the 2009 audit report, the discovery of some cheques that were cashed were suspicious and they had re­quested the bank to provide the details of all the cheques to cross check for clarification.

Mr Sharma told the court that af­ter a cross check of the cheques, it was discovered that there were extra payments made to the salary of the two accused up to $1000 per week.

He said the school principal was notified when they discovered the unauthorised payments to the ac­cused accounts which resulted in their suspension.

The accused later admitted in an interview of taking the unauthor­ised funds from the college.

The trial continues today.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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