August 15, 2016 2:08 pm

Waqavonovono to spend 4 years behind bars

A 24-year-old man charged with two counts of abuse of office was sentenced to four years imprisonment at the Suva Magistrates Court last Friday. Iliesa Naqura Jordan Waqavonovono appeared before by Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne. Waqavonovono was also charged with one count of each of falsification of documents and obtaining financial advantage. He had pleaded guilty to the […]

A 24-year-old man charged with two counts of abuse of office was sentenced to four years imprisonment at the Suva Magistrates Court last Friday.

Iliesa Naqura Jordan Waqavonovono sitting outside the Suva Magistrates Court. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Iliesa Naqura Jordan Waqavonovono sitting outside the Suva Magistrates Court. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Iliesa Naqura Jordan Waqavonovono appeared before by Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne.

Waqavonovono was also charged with one count of each of falsification of documents and obtaining financial advantage.

He had pleaded guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Somaratne said Waqavonovono breached the trust of his employer and the public.

Waqavonovono will serve the following years sentenced concurrently:

  • Abusing of office – 4 years imprisonment
  • Falsification of documents – 2 years imprisonment
  • Obtaining financial advantage by deception – 3 years imprisonment

Waqavonovono has been given a non-parole period of three years.

Bench warrant cancelled for fraud suspect

MAY 27, 2016 5:49pm | Nacanieli Tuilevuka

A bench warrant which was issued this morning for fraud suspect and former employee of the Ministry of Finance, Iliesa Naqura Jordan Waqavonovono has been cancelled.

Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne issued the bench after Waqavonovono failed to appear in court this morning.

Waqavonovono later appeared this afternoon before Magistrate Somaratne.

Waqavonovono was charged by FICAC with two counts of Abuse of Office, one count of Falsification of Documents and one count of Obtaining Financial Advantage.

The matter will be called on the 2nd June, 2016 at the Suva Magistrate Court.

Fraud suspect wants FICAC to make changes to charges

MARCH 7, 2016 4:45pm | Allison Penjueli

The defence counsel for fraud suspect and former employee of the Ministry of Finance, Iliesa Naqura Jordan Waqavonovono has requested for FICAC to make minor amendments as the accused is not in agreement with a particular paragraph.

Waqavonovono appeared before Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne in the Magistrate Court today, he is charged by FICAC with two counts of Abuse of Office, one count of Falsification of Documents and one count of Obtaining Financial Advantage.

FICAC counsel Ms. Sera Fatafehi stated that amendment may be done, however, prosecution relied on the fact.

Ms. Fatafei further stated that if Defence wanted it to be changed, then they should write to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) and state that they would make representations to FICAC in relation to amending the summary of facts.

The matter has been adjourned to 22nd of March 2016, for mention and to also check on mitigation and sentencing  submissions.

One hundred-twenty thousand dollars fraud case in finance ministry

JANUARY 12, 2016 11:12am | Ashutosh Singh

The $120,000 fraud case of a former Ministry of Finance clerical officer has been adjourned to Monday next week.

Iliesa Waqavonovono, charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC), appeared before Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne without his lawyer yesterday.

Waqavonovono is charged with two counts of abuse of office, one count of falsification of documents and one count of obtaining financial advantage. He was charged in November last year.

  • It is alleged that Waqavonovono prepared a payment voucher belonging to Ministry of Finance by using details of an invoice which had already been used and paid
  • He is also alleged to have retained two Bank of South Pacific cheques in his personal possession.
  • On a separate count of Falsification of Documents, Waqavonovono is alleged to have dishonestly falsified cheques and obtained a financial advantage.

Waqavonovono is released on cash bail bond of $1000 and is to report fortnightly to the nearest Police Station.