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Worry Over Suva Graves

Corrections Commissioner Francis Kean is working to resolve a scam from the past which is now affecting grave sites at the Suva Cemetery. This scam, he said, involved the selling
06 Jun 2016 11:45
Worry Over Suva Graves
The Suva Cemetery.

Corrections Commissioner Francis Kean is working to resolve a scam from the past which is now affecting grave sites at the Suva Cemetery.

This scam, he said, involved the selling of burial plots that had been reserved for certain families who had already paid for the site.

Commissioner Kean urged any families facing such problems to contact Deputy Commissioner Jo Kulinidilo on phone 310-0107.

The problem came to light after investigations following a complaint by a family. Commissioner Kean thanked the family for reporting this incident.

He said the preliminary investigations revealed that in 1995 a Prisons Service staff member was involved in the scam, resulting in his conviction. The former Prisons Service was responsible then for the cemetery, a role now undertaken by Corrections.

“This scam sadly, is now affecting several members of the public who have visited the FCS to reopen graves,” Commissioner Kean said.

He said they had inherited this problem and have now set in motion the relevant undertakings to resolve the matter.

He said the Corrections Service is calling upon people who had reserved plots at the Suva Cemetery to come forward with their documentation to help.

The spokesperson for the family – who wished to remain anonymous – said late last month they wanted to reopen a grave site they had used in 1988.

He said they had paid for the reopening of that particular grave at the old Suva Cemetery at Lovonilase.

The inmates reopened that grave and the family’s spokesperson was on hand to witness this.

To his surprise there was another man already buried there, in full suit and wrapped in a cloth.

He said they were given another new site at the new Suva Cemetery, but his concern was they were not informed that the grave site was reopened and used.

The family thanked Commissioner Kean for the action he had now taken.

 

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