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TLTB calls for swift scam action

By MAIKA BOLATIKI The iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) wants the perpetrators of the alleged TLTB fraud to be investigated as soon as possible. In what the TLTB claims as
15 Oct 2012 09:00

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

The iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) wants the perpetrators of the alleged TLTB fraud to be investigated as soon as possible.
In what the TLTB claims as a delay by the proper authorities to investigate fraud suspects, TLTB general manager Alipate Qetaki said he was baffled by the delay and apparent reluctance to take on these kinds of complaints.
According to Mr Qetaki, the case was referred to FICAC, but were advised that the Commission would begin investigations in the first quarter of next year.
This, he said was too long because of  the seriousness of the case.
“Whether it is the Police or FICAC is not material or important. They are both Law Enforcement Agencies and their core roles are to investigate and prosecute under the Crimes Decree and Crimes Proceedings Decree (formerly the Crimes Act and Criminal Proceedings Act) and the FICAC Legal Framework constituting the Anti-Corruption Legal Framework,” TLTB general manager, Alipate Qetaki told Fiji Sun yesterday.
Director CID Senior Superintendent of Police Vakacegu Toduadua said they had asked TLTB to compile all necessary documents over the alleged fraud before they start investigations.
“They should not hesitate in taking up these cases. Internal investigation was done by TLTB. They need to do their part as they have statutory powers and mandate to search and seize, etc,” Mr Qetaki said.
The TLTB general manager said FICAC had discussed the case with Serious Fraud Unit of the Fiji Police Force and the Criminal Investigation Department is taking over.




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