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Lawyers Sum Up Today In $582,000 Money Laundering Trial

Lawyers Sum Up Today In $582,000 Money Laundering Trial
September 13
11:37 2018

Closing submissions in the Pacific Theological College money laundering trial will be made this afternoon.

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 accused Raj and Sorby, while employed at the PTC, laundered about $582,000.

Raj and Sorby appeared before High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo in Suva yesterday.

Raj took the stand and gave her evidence before Justice Temo.

She agreed to the payments of $1000, which was made to her account on multiple occasions.

Raj also told the court that the $4322 payment, which was dated on the cheque for February 3, 2011, was a payment amount while she had worked during her maternity leave.

Raj said she was called back to work while she was on maternity leave because there was no one to relieve her during that period of time.

She told the court that in the $4322 payment, she was also paid an allowance for working during her maternity leave.

It was revealed in court by the  prosecution that Raj’s weekly wage was $141.15.

Raj declined being responsible for filing necessary documents that involved cash and cheques in the PTC’s finance office.

She said all documents were handled by the then finance director.

Raj also told the court that all cheques that were prepared had a voucher attached with relevant documents and were handed to the signatories to sign before the payment was processed.

The trial was adjourned for closing submissions by the lawyers before Justice Temo this afternoon.

Edited by Percy Kean


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