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Accused Was A Frequent Bank Customer, Court Hears

Accused Was A Frequent Bank Customer, Court Hears
September 06
11:00 2018

Retired Westpac Fiji teller Api­kali Naisivo told the Suva High Court yesterday that former Pacific Theological College finance staff member Roshneen Praveena Raj was a frequent cus­tomer of the bank.

Ms Naisivo testified for the pros­ecution against Raj and Rine Muani­vai Sorby (also known as Lily Sorby) who are charged with three counts of money laundering.

First Count

On the first count of money laun­dering, it is alleged that between June 1, 2006, and February 16, 2011, Raj engaged directly or indirectly in transactions involving Westpac bank account number 71127300.

This was allegedly in relation to the payment of wages of staff of the Pacific Theological College, all to the total sum of $96,576.86, that were the proceeds of crime while know­ing or ought to have reasonably known that the money was derived from unlawful activity.

Second Count

On the second count, it is alleged that between June 1, 2006 and Febru­ary 16, 2011 Sorby engaged directly or indirectly in transactions involv­ing Westpac bank account number 71127300.

This was allegedly in relation to the payment of wages of staff of PTC, all to the total sum of $73,099.95 that were the proceeds of crime while knowing or ought to have rea­sonably known that the money was derived from some form of unlawful activity.

Third Count

For the third count, it is alleged that between March 1, 2010, and November 30, 2012 both women en­gaged directly or indirectly in trans­actions involving Westpac bank ac­count 71127300 allegedly in relation to PTC cheques payable to various corporate bodies to the total sum of $412,567.61 that were the proceeds of crime knowing or ought to have rea­sonably known that the money was derived from some form of unlawful activity.

In her evidence Ms Naisivo said she remembered Raj from her days as a bank teller because she would always be the last person to enter the bank with lots of cheques just before closing time.

She said the accused would go to the bank almost every day.

Ms Naisivo described the accused as a cheerful lady who spoke to eve­ryone and smiled a lot.

She said the accused would explain to her that the payee’s names were different because they were names of islanders who were students of the College.

The trial continues before Justice Salesi Temo today.

Both women are on bail and are represented by the Legal Aid Com­mission.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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