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8 More Face Charges In Alleged LTA Scam

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) has reminded drivers and driving schools to conduct affairs with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in an ethical manner. It made the statement
25 Nov 2016 11:08
8 More Face Charges In Alleged LTA Scam
From top Left: CHARGED...Contracted driving instructor Rajnesh Prasad , Road marhsall Ranjina Hicks , LTA Officer Manoa Naitala, Frank Whippy, Mohammed Yunus and Jerry Nand, Manoj Kumar and Gitendra Prasad at the Nasinu Magistrates Court yesterday. Photos:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) has reminded drivers and driving schools to conduct affairs with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in an ethical manner.

It made the statement after it charged eight more people in the alleged LTA scam, bringing to 17 the total number of people charged.

The eight, comprising three former LTA officers and five members of the public, appeared in the Nasinu Magistrates Court.

They are charged with obtaining Defensive Driving Certificates without following due processes of the LTA.

On November 15, one former LTA officer and eight members of the public appeared in court in connection with an alleged driving licence scam.

FICAC wishes to remind the members of the public that they will be subject to the law together with public officers on allegations of corrupt activities.

It reiterates that there should be no “shortcuts” in attaining a driver’s licence or a Defensive Driving Certificate.

FICAC further reminds people to not offer any bribes to public officers for their public services and goods.

In the latest case, three former LTA officers – Defensive Driving Instructor Manoa Naitala, Road Marshal Ranjina Hicks and Contracted Driving Instructor Rajnesh Prasad – appeared in court yesterday.

The other five charged are Gitendra Prasad, Jerry Nand, Manoj Kumar, Mohammed Yunus and Frank Whippy.

Magistrate Sufia Humza remanded all three former LTA officers due to the numerous charges against them. She also remanded Whippy and informed them to present two suitable sureties in court later today.

 

 

File one

Count one – Attempting to obtain a gain

It is alleged that on June 17, 2015, at Valelevu, Yunus attempted to acquire a Defensive Driving Certificate without following the due process of LTA.

 

Count two – Bribery

It is alleged that Yunus without lawful authority offered an advantage of $150 or part of it to Shan Mohammed, a person acting on his behalf to be given to LTA officer Rajnesh Prasad at the Valelevu branch, on account of performing an act in his capacity.

 

Count three – Bribery

It is alleged that Prasad whilst being employed as a Defensive Driving Course Instructor at LTA, without lawful authority accepted an advantage of $150 or part of it from Mohammed a person acting on behalf of Yunus on account of performing of act in his capacity.

 

Alternative charge – General dishonesty – obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Prasad made arrangements with Mohammed for the issuance of a Defensive Driving Course Certificate for Yunus without following the due process of LTA, with intention of dishonestly obtaining $150 or part of it.

 

Count four – Corrupt transaction with agents

It is alleged that Prasad intended to deceive his principal, the LTA by using various documents containing false information in respect of which the LTA has interest in the Defensive Driving Course test results and attendance details of Yunus in the Nominal Roll, Driver Training Application form and the DDC Assessment forms, knowing that the documents will mislead LTA.

 

File two

Count one – General dishonesty – obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Hicks on June 22, 2015, made arrangements with Saras Wati for the issuance of a Defensive Driving Course Certificate for Raymond Singh without following the due processes of the LTA, with the intention of dishonestly obtaining $50 from Wati.

 

Count two – Corrupt transaction with agents

It is alleged that Prasad intended to deceive his principal, the LTA by using various documents containing false information in respect of which the LTA has interest in the Defensive Driving Course test results and attendance details of Singh in the Nominal Roll, Driver Training Application form and the DDC Assessment forms, knowing that the documents will mislead LTA.

 

File three

Count one – General dishonesty – obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Kumar and Gitendra Prasad on April 20, 2016, made arrangements to acquire a Defensive Driving Certificate without following the due processes of LTA.

 

Count two – General dishonesty – obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Hicks made arrangements with Gitendra Prasad for the issuance of a Defensive Driving Course Certificate for Kumar without following the due processes of the LTA, with the intention of dishonestly obtaining $250 or part of it from Gitendra Prasad.

 

Count three – Corrupt transaction with agents

It is alleged that Naitala intended to deceive his principal, the LTA by using various documents containing false information in respect of which the LTA has interest in the Defensive Driving Course test results and attendance details of Kumar in the Nominal Roll, Driver Training Application form and the DDC Assessment forms, knowing that the documents will mislead LTA.

 

File four

Count one – Attempting to obtain a gain

It is alleged that Nand on April 20, 2016, attempted to acquire a Defensive Driving Certificate without following the due processes of LTA.

 

Count two – General dishonesty – obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Hicks made arrangements with Rakesh Kumar for the issuance of a Defensive Driving Course Certificate for Nand without following the due process of the LTA, with the intention of dishonestly obtaining $300 or part of it from Rakesh Kumar.

 

Count three – Corrupt transaction with agents

It is alleged that Naitala intended to deceive his principal, the LTA by using various documents containing false information in respect of which the LTA has interest in the Defensive Driving Course test results and attendance details of Nand in the Nominal Roll, Driver Training Application form and the DDC Assessment forms, knowing that the documents will mislead LTA.

 

File five

Count one – General dishonesty – obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Whippy on April 20, 2016, made arrangements to acquire a Defensive Driving Certificate without following the due processes of the LTA.

 

Count two – General dishonesty – obtaining a gain

It is alleged that Hicks made arrangements with Whippy for the issuance of a Defensive Driving Course Certificate for Whippy without following the due process of the LTA, with the intention of dishonestly obtaining $176 or part of it from Whippy.

 

Count three – Corrupt transaction with agents

It is alleged that Naitala intended to deceive his principal, the LTA by using various documents containing false information in respect of which the LTA has interest in the Defensive Driving Course test results and attendance details of Whippy in the Nominal Roll, Driver Training Application form and the DDC Assessment forms, knowing that the documents will mislead LTA.

Ms Humza has granted bail to Yunus, Kumar, Prasad and Nand with strict bail conditions.

Their bail conditions are that they are to report twice a week to their designated Police Stations, they are to surrender all their traveling documents, they are not to reoffend, they are not to interfere with the prosecution witnesses, they are not to change their residential address and their two sureties are to sign a surety bond of $1000 each.

The case has been adjourned to January 9, 2017, for plea.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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