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Man Seeks $500K Of Damages From Westpac

A former Fijian businessman is seeking $500,000 of damages from Westpac Banking Corporation after money was allegedly withdrawn from his account without his approval. Dinesh Chand of America is also
07 Oct 2016 11:00
Man Seeks $500K Of Damages From Westpac
Westpac

A former Fijian businessman is seeking $500,000 of damages from Westpac Banking Corporation after money was allegedly withdrawn from his account without his approval.

Dinesh Chand of America is also seeking $42,020 from the Bank for loss caused to him by travelling to Fiji, staying in a hotel and loss of income in America when he had to travel to Fiji after finding out money had been withdrawn from his account.

A Westpac Fiji spokesperson responding to questions from the Fiji Sun said: “Westpac is committed to fighting fraud and we work closely with authorities to investigate all claims of fraudulent activity.

“The fraud claims raised by Mr Chand are currently with the Fijian Police, and the subsequent claims will need to be resolved through legal processes.

“As such, there is no further information Westpac can provide to media at this stage. We will continue to do everything possible to assist the authorities as they conduct their investigations.”

According to the writ, a Ba man allegedly withdrew $15,000 from Westpac’s Ba branch and $5000 from Lautoka branch, out of Mr Chand’s bank account.

The writ states that when Mr Chand accessed his account through online banking, he saw the “unauthorised withdrawals”. According to the documents, this man presented a purported authority given by Mr Chand to withdraw the money.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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