Judiciary

Fraud suspect appears in court

A former employee of the Ministry of Finance, Iliesa Naqura Jordan Waqavonovono has pleaded guilty to one count of falsification of documents and one count of obtaining financial advantage at the Magistrates Court in Suva on today. Waqavonovono pleaded not guilty to one count of abuse of office and guilty to the second count. Magistrate […]

Peni Shute

January 18, 2016 2:05 pm

A former employee of the Ministry of Finance, Iliesa Naqura Jordan Waqavonovono has pleaded guilty to one count of falsification of documents and one count of obtaining financial advantage at the Magistrates Court in Suva on today.

Waqavonovono pleaded not guilty to one count of abuse of office and guilty to the second count.

Magistrate Hettiwattege Somaratne has set a pretrial conference for the 8th of February and trial is set for the 27th of June.

It is alleged that Waqavonovono, 23 between 1st January and 31st August last year, while being employed as a clerical officer retained two BSP cheques in his personal possession which had a total value of $67,998.

These cheques were being refunded to the Ministry of Finance.

It is also alleged that Waqavonovono between 1st March and 31st August last year, dishonestly falsified three cheques totaling $57,409 with the intention of obtaining a gain from the Ministry of Finance.

Waqavonovono also allegedly obtained a financial advantage amounting to the total sum of $57,409 from the Ministry of Finance between 1st March and 31st August last year by falsifying three government BSP cheques.

Waqavonovono has been released on bail and has has to surrender all travel documents. He has been ordered to report to the nearest police station every two weeks.

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