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Trio get 13 yrs in jail for TLTB money laundering

Three men convicted for five counts of money laundering were sentenced at the Suva High Court today by Justice Salesi Temo. Josefa Saqanavere, Tuimoala Raoga and Savenaca Batibawa were found guilty for laundering a total sum of $638,902.26 from the iTaukei Land Trust Board in 2012. They were each sentenced to 13 years with a […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

March 18, 2016 3:48 pm

Three men convicted for five counts of money laundering were sentenced at the Suva High Court today by Justice Salesi Temo.

Josefa Saqanavere, Tuimoala Raoga and Savenaca Batibawa were found guilty for laundering a total sum of $638,902.26 from the iTaukei Land Trust Board in 2012.

They were each sentenced to 13 years with a non-parole period of 12 years.

Yesterday, the three assessors in the trial unanimously found Josefa Rawalai Saqanavere, Tuimoala Raogo and Savenaca Batibawa guilty of five counts of money laundering.

Saqanavere, a former worker of the iTaukei Land Trust Board, had used his user ID to pay out more than $600,000 trust money to Raogo and Batibawa.  The incident was detected in 2011 and investigations were carried out.

In his judgment, Justice Temo said the three assessors had accepted the prosecution’s version of events and had found the accused persons guilty as charged on the counts that applied to them. ┬áTemo said he had reviewed the evidence called in the trial and had directed himself by the summing up he gave the assessors.

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