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Post Fiji top manager in mail theft probe

A senior manager at Post Fiji is suspended pending investigations after police recovered a mail bag containing mails from his farm house in Tailevu, late last year. Seveci Tora, 52, is Post Fiji’s Head of Postal Services, and refutes the allegations. Mr Tora told Fiji Times that on December 4 last year, he accompanied police to his farm […]

Navin Kumar

January 5, 2016 1:22 pm

A senior manager at Post Fiji is suspended pending investigations after police recovered a mail bag containing mails from his farm house in Tailevu, late last year.

Seveci Tora, 52, is Post Fiji’s Head of Postal Services, and refutes the allegations.

Seveci Tora, 52, is Post Fiji's Head of Postal Services, and refutes the allegations. Photo: Facebook.
Seveci Tora was questioned and released after police recovered the bag of unclaimed mails at his farm house in Tailevu. Photo: Facebook.

Mr Tora told Fiji Times that on December 4 last year, he accompanied police to his farm because of reports that some unclaimed mail were at his farmhouse.  Mr. Tora said police found 10 ‘e-commerce mail’ according to him were not unclaimed mail, but rejected mail.

Police discovered among the 330 empty mailbags the rejected mail which were still sealed.

The property warehouse had empty mailbags and rotten timbers that we had to get rid of, some of those that were in charge of taking the items away came back and told me that to transport the items to the dump would cost the company $250 per trip and we had to make two trips.

So I told them just to take the stuff and to dump it in my farm, which would mean saving the company costs. Somehow, some unclaimed mail which are e-commerce mail ended up together with those empty mailbags. I’m not aware how those e-commerce mail ended up in those empty mailbags because it’s under lock and key.

He added the practice was not new and that it had been done previously, and the rejected mail were not the property of Post Fiji but owned by other postal agencies abroad.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed the 52-year-old manager was questioned and released following a report which was lodged at the Totogo Police Station regarding the find.

Police also went to the scene and recovered the bag of unclaimed mails and the suspect was arrested earlier. We are still waiting for a report from Post Fiji as investigations continue.

Post Fiji chairman Lawrence Tikaram told Fiji Times the two-member Post Fiji board had requested police to assist the company’s investigation of Mr Tora.

Our own internal team is updating the board regularly on the progress.

We have moved quickly to investigate this issue with transparency and we will apply whatever lessons we learn to improve systems and ensure that executives, managers and employees are accountable for carrying out their responsibilities.

Mr. Tora’s contract with Post Fiji was reportedly renewed on December 3, before him being questioned by police on December 4. He was suspended on December 5 following a night in a police cell.

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