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Nine Front Court For Alleged Driver’s Licence Scam

  A customer service officer at the Land Transport Authority yesterday appeared with eight others at the Nasinu Magistrates Court in relation to an alleged driving licence scam. The officer, William
16 Nov 2016 11:00
Nine Front Court For Alleged Driver’s Licence Scam

 

A customer service officer at the Land Transport Authority yesterday appeared with eight others at the Nasinu Magistrates Court in relation to an alleged driving licence scam.

The officer, William Pawa Tuiono, has been charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) and he has six files with various charges against him.

The eight other people who have been charged by FICAC are Mohammed Zakariyya, Mul Deo, Avinesh Shashi Kumar, Maciu Vakatawa Gaunatalei, Prem Wati, Ratu Sekove Uluimira Soronakadavu, Jeet Singh and Sevuloni Digitakimata.

 

File one

Count one – Bribery

It is alleged that on April 27, 2016, Zakariyya at Nasinu without lawful authority, offered an advantage of $150 to Tuiono on account of performing an act in his capacity as a public servant at LTA.

 

Count two – Bribery

It is alleged that on April 27, 2016, Tuiono while being an employee of LTA, without lawful authority, accepted an advantage of $150 from Zakariyya.

 

Count three – Dishonestly
obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Zakariyya acquired a driver’s licence without following due process of LTA.

 

Count four – Unauthorised modification of data

It is alleged that Tuiono, knowingly caused unauthorised modification of data held in a computer at LTA where he added false data into the software system for Zakariyya, which was reckless as to whether the said modification impairs the reliability of such data.

 

Alternative charge – Abuse

of office

It is alleged that Tuiono, in abuse of the authority of his office, did an arbitrary act where he processed and printed a provisional driver’s licence for Zakariyya without due process.

 

File two

Count one – Dishonesty – obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Deo and Kumar on April 27, 2016 at Nakasi, acquired a driver’s licence for Deo without following due process of LTA.

 

Count two – Unauthorised

modification of data

 

It is alleged that Tuiono caused an unauthorised modification of data held in a computer at LTA where he added false data into the LTA software system for Deo which was reckless as to whether the said modification impairs the reliability of such data.

 

 

Alternative charge – Abuse of office

It is alleged that Tuiono in abuse of office did an arbitrary act where he processed and printed a Class 6 driver’s licence for Deo.

 

File three:

Count one – Dishonesty: obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Gaunatalei on April 27, 2016, at Nakasi, acquired a driver’s licence without following the due process of LTA.

 

Count two – Unauthorised modification of data

 

It is alleged that Tuiono caused an unauthorised modification of data held in a computer at LTA where he added false data into the LTA software system for Gaunatalei which was reckless as to whether the said modification impairs the reliability of such data.

 

Alternative charge – Abuse

of office

It is alleged that Tuiono in abuse of office did an arbitrary act where he processed and printed a provisional Class 2 driver’s licence for Gaunatalei.

 

File four

Count one – Dishonesty:

obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Wati on April 27, 2016, at Nakasi, acquired a driver’s licence without following the due process of LTA.

 

Count two – Unauthorised modification of data

It is alleged that Tuiono caused an unauthorised modification of data held in a computer at LTA where he added false data into the LTA software system for Wati which was reckless as to whether the said modification impairs the reliability of such data.

 

Alternative charge – Abuse of office

It is alleged that Tuiono in abuse of office did an arbitrary act where he processed and printed a driver’s licence for Wati.

 

File five

Count one – Dishonesty:

obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Soronakadavu on April 27, 2016, at Nakasi, acquired a driver’s licence without following the due process of LTA.

 

Count two – Unauthorised modification of data

It is alleged that Tuiono caused an unauthorised modification of data held in a computer at LTA where he added false data into the LTA software system for Soronakadavu which was reckless as to whether the said modification impairs the reliability of such data.

 

Alternative charge – Abuse of office

It is alleged that Tuiono in abuse of office did an arbitrary act where he processed and printed a driver’s licence for Soronakadavu

 

File six

Count one – . Dishonesty: obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Singh on April 27, 2016, at Nakasi, renewed his driver’s licence without following the due process of LTA.

 

Count two – Abuse of office

It is alleged that Singh in abuse of office did an arbitrary act where he processed and printed a driver’s licence for Soronakadavu.

 

File seven

Count one – Dishonesty:

obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Digitakimata on April 27, 2016, at Nakasi, acquired a driver’s licence without following the due process of LTA.

 

Count two – Unauthorised modification of data

It is alleged that Tuiono caused an unauthorized modification of data held in a computer at LTA where he added false data into the LTA software system for Digitakimata, which was reckless as to whether the said modification impairs the reliability of such data.

 

Alternative charge – Abuse of office

It is alleged that Tuiono in abuse of office did an arbitrary act where he processed and printed a driver’s licence for Digitakimata.

The court has remanded Gaunatalei, Digitakimata, Soronakadavu, Singh and Deo till later today so they can present suitable sureties for their bail.

The court has granted bail to Tuiono, Zakariyya, Wati and Kumar.

According to their bail conditions they are not to offend, they are to surrender all travel documents, they are not to interfere with the prosecution witnesses, they are not to change their residential address and their sureties signed a surety bond of $1000.

FICAC was represented by Sam Savumiramira and Joseph Work and Tuiono was represented by Filimoni Vasarogo.

The matter was called before Magistrate Sufia Humza.

It has been adjourned to January 9 for plea.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  jessica.gounder@fijisun.com.fj

 



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