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Family Detained Over Alleged Theft, Deception

Police have detained a family, including a 14-year-old girl following allegations of theft and obtaining financial advantage through deception. The family of five were initially taken in last week and
04 Apr 2016 10:38
Family Detained Over Alleged Theft, Deception

Police have detained a family, including a 14-year-old girl following allegations of theft and obtaining financial advantage through deception.

The family of five were initially taken in last week and court had granted Police application to keep three members in custody for a week to continue investigations.

The family included a nine-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy who are currently in the custody of social welfare.

It is alleged that the family was earlier deported from New Zealand and once in Fiji, started taking money from Fijians under the pretext of assisting them to get New Zealand visas.

Well-placed Police sources confirm that the father, mother and the 14-year-old girl are in Police custody. It is alleged that the family took $3000 from a Sigatoka farmer and later more money from the same farmer’s home.

Police sources say that following the alleged incident, the family travelled to Nadi where they were said to have changed their hair colour and style and booked into a Nadi hotel. The family was found in the hotel in Nadi and taken to the Nadi Police Station. Investigators informed us that as they tried to search the 14-year-old girl, but were stopped by her father who claimed that his daughter was menstruating.

A woman Police constable, who was brought in to search the child, allegedly discovered a large sum tucked inside the child’s undergarments.  A further $900 was allegedly found with her mother. Investigations into the matter are continuing.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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