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2 Remanded In Fake Note Case

A 32-year-old businessman and a woman appeared at the Nadi Magistrates Court yesterday for their alleged involvement in the distribution of fake $100 notes. The accused, Kamlesh Chandra and Josivini
21 May 2016 15:49
2 Remanded In Fake Note Case
Josivini Vameau and Kamlesh Chandra is escorted by Police officer at the Nadi Magistrate Court yesterday. Photo

A 32-year-old businessman and a woman appeared at the Nadi Magistrates Court yesterday for their alleged involvement in the distribution of fake $100 notes.

The accused, Kamlesh Chandra and Josivini Vameau, 20, both of Nadi, appeared before Magistrate Chandni Dias, charged with one count of uttering and in possession of counterfeit notes, contrary to section 166 (1) (b) of the Crimes Decree No. 44 of 2009.

The court heard that from the period between May 13 and 14 the two accused were in possession of the fake notes at the Deep Sea Nightclub in Nadi.

They tendered counterfeit Fijian currency of seven $100 notes, serial number FFA 2579138 and ten $100 bills serial number FFA 2579142.

The two understood the charges and opted for Legal Aid representation.

Police prosecutor Constable Dinesh Chand objected to bail because the case was of public interest.

Mr Chand told the court that some of the counterfeit notes have been recovered.

“If they are released on bail they are likely to interfere with Police investigations as they are still underway,” he said.

He said they would also be likely to continue their involvement in the matter.

The first-accused Kamlesh Chandra told the court that he has been in custody since Tuesday and Police were not co-operating in allowing him to take his medication.

He said it was available at the Police station and was prescribed by the doctor for his swollen mouth.

The second-accused, Vameau, also told the court that Police officers allegedly threatened her to tell her side of her story at the Police station.

Constable Dinesh told the court that they would look into those claims.

Magistrate Dias remanded the two-accused in custody and they would re-appear in court on June 3.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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