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Former Bank Staff Awaits D-Day In Custody

A 30-year-old former Westpac Bank employee will be sentenced in the Suva Magistrates Court on January 9, 2018, after being convicted for two counts of theft and serious computer offences.
15 Dec 2017 15:34
Former Bank Staff Awaits D-Day In Custody

A 30-year-old former Westpac Bank employee will be sentenced in the Suva Magistrates Court on January 9, 2018, after being convicted for two counts of theft and serious computer offences.

The accused Ratu Peni Voka Semira was suspected to have been involved in the unauthorised withdrawal of customer’s funds after an internal investigation was conducted in October 2014 following a complaint against him.

Between November 18, 2013, and October 18, 2014 Semira who was based at the bank’s Ba branch conducted 247 unauthorised transactions on 67 customer’s funds where he obtained a total of $87,204.30 cash.

He pleaded guilty to the charges.

When questioned, Semira admitted that he had access to the Social Welfare Accounts Holders where he got a hold of captured or lost cards which were brought to the branch.

He made random checks into customer’s accounts to find out the age group and those that had no transactions done in six months but had money in the accounts.

He also checked accounts of Social Welfare recipients who had the assistance ceased but still had funds in the accounts.

Magistrate Waleen George yesterday further remanded Semira in custody pending sentence next year.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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