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Former Finance Staff Charged For Corruption

  The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption has charged a former Ministry of Finance officer with corruption related charges. Iliesa Naqura Jordan Waqavonovono, a former clerical officer in the ministry,
21 Nov 2015 10:24

 

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption has charged a former Ministry of Finance officer with corruption related charges.

Iliesa Naqura Jordan Waqavonovono, a former clerical officer in the ministry, appeared yesterday in the Suva Magistrates Court before Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne for two counts of abuse of office, one count of falsification of documents and one count of obtaining financial advantage.

It is alleged that on December 1, 2014 the accused, in abuse of authority of his office, did an arbitrary act of for the purpose of gain namely prepared a payment voucher dated December 19, 2014 by using details of an invoice and indent which was earlier used and paid, an act which was prejudicial to the ministry.

For another count of abuse of office, it is alleged that the accused between January 1 and August 31, 2015, in abuse of authority of his office retained two Bank South Pacific cheques which were returned to the ministry dated January 6, 2015 amounting to $58,574.16 and another cheque dated March 31, 2015 amounting to $9424.66.

For the count of falsification of documents, it is alleged that Waqavonovono, between March 1 and August 31, 2015, falsified cheques dated March 20, 2015 amounting to $10,312.77, another cheque dated March 25, 2015 amounting to $38,811.67, and another cheque dated August 20, 2015 amounting to $8284.64 with the intention to obtaining gain from the ministry.

On fourth count of obtaining financial advantage, the accused between March 1 and August 31, 2015, falsified three Government of Fiji-Bank South Pacific cheques dated March 25 and August 20, 2015 and allegedly obtained a total sum of $57,409.08 from the ministry knowing that he was not eligible to receive that above said.

FICAC lawyer Ana Lomani served first phase of disclosures and no objection to bail was made. The accused was granted bail with a sum of $1000 bail bond each for the two sureties that he presented  as well as strict bail condition. The case has been adjourned to January 4, 2016 for the second phase of disclosures.

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