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3 more charged over ‘Help for Homes’

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Christopher Pryde, has approved charges against three more individuals who allegedly breached the False Information Act 2016. The three, Sanaila Qoro, Maleli Nawaqavonovono and Istisaq Ali, have been charged with one count each of making a false representation in order to obtain a benefit contrary to section 4 (1) […]

Peni Shute

May 27, 2016 12:20 pm

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Christopher Pryde, has approved charges against three more individuals who allegedly breached the False Information Act 2016.

The three, Sanaila Qoro, Maleli Nawaqavonovono and Istisaq Ali, have been charged with one count each of making a false representation in order to obtain a benefit contrary to section 4 (1) of the False Information Act 2016.

The three allegedly provided false information to a Government representative for the purpose of obtaining a benefit under the Help for Homes Government Initiative.

The three will be produced at the Ba Magistrates’ Court at 2.30pm this afternoon.

Thirty-six cases have been identified for breaching the False Information Act 2016 in the ‘Help for Homes’ initiative in a joint effort by the Ministry of Finance and the Fiji Police Force.

The Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the Commissioner of Police Brig-Gen. Sitiveni Qiliho at a press conference this afternoon. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Finance Minister Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Police Commissioner Brig-Gen. Sitiveni Qiliho at a press conference this afternoon. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire).

In a press conference this afternoon, Finance Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum revealed that the cases had been forwarded to the Commissioner of Police.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “The Ministry of Finance has accessed about thirty-six cases or incidences where some irregularities were identified and those cases in fact been forwarded to the Commissioner of Police and his office and they are carrying out various investigations.”

The ‘Help for Homes’ initiative was designed to assist Fijians whose houses were destroyed in Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho confirmed two individuals would appear at the Ba Magistrate Court this afternoon.

QILIHO: “We have seventeen files open now…So the first two of those cases will be produced in the Ba Courts at 1700 hours this afternoon and the remainder of these seventeen, we will process them and produce them in court and we should have them all before the courts by Wednesday next week.”

Meanwhile, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Christopher Pryde, said he had approved charges against two individuals who allegedly breached the False Information Act 2016.

The two, Saheem Ali and Eremase Bulivecena, have been charged with one count each of making a false representation obtain a benefit contrary to section 4 (1) of the False Information Act 2016.

The two allegedly provided false information to a government representative and obtained a Vodafone M-Paisa Card for the Help for Homes Government initiative for those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The ODPP is currently reviewing the evidence against a further 17 people and more charges are likely.

Under the False Information Act, 2016 any person convicted could face sentences of a fine of $20,000 or 10 years imprisonment or both.  The Act was enacted by Parliment last month.

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