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$120k fraud case in finance ministry

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 […]

Peni Shute

January 12, 2016 11:12 am

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.

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