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Police Investigating Missing ‘Travel Agent’

A “rogue” travel agent who allegedly took money from four people and disappeared is being sought by Police. The man, on the Police watch list, is understood to have fled to
10 Jan 2017 11:09
Police Investigating Missing ‘Travel Agent’
Fiji Police

A “rogue” travel agent who allegedly took money from four people and disappeared is being sought by Police.

The man, on the Police watch list, is understood to have fled to Australia.

A 75-year-old farmer of Muanaira, Vutia village in Rewa, Vilikesa Yawainaibili said he was one of the victims of the “rogue” travel agent.

“I came to know about the firm, through an advertisement.

“I then thought of applying for a visa to Australia,” he said.

Mr Yawainaibili said he then went to the firm in 2013 which was located in Suva.

 “I then met two female clerks and they told me to pay for $100 for consultation, $700 for lodgement and $600 for a sponsorship letter.

“I paid $1450 to them and they told me to come after two weeks,” he said.

Mr Yawainaibili said after two weeks he went back but the office was closed and locked. He showed the receipts of his payments.

“I waited but there were no responses.

“I then asked the man whose house was located next to the office.

“He told me that they have run away and he does not know the reason,” he said.

Mr Yawainaibili said he then reported the matter to the Totogo Police Station and they referred him to Samabula Police Station.

“Later the Police arrested the two ladies and they denied that I had given them the money.

“But, later I was informed that the ladies were not paid by the man and he had run away with the money,” he said.

He said he wanted to know what happened to the investigations about the missing agent.

In a letter to Mr Yawainaibili, dated June 9, 2015, the investigating officer, detective constable Abdul Khan, revealed the names of four people who were victims  of the travel agent.

He thanked Mr Yawainaibili for reporting the matter and “trust that the actions taken in your report are to your satisfaction.”

A travel history of the travel agent had been uplifted, the letter said.

“A watch list was also  requested,” it said.

The letter thanked him for reporting the matter.

A latest update of the case could not be obtained from the Police yesterday.

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