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Case Against Divisional Commissioner Northern & Divisional Secretary Northern

Media Team   |   31 Mar 2009

Investigation into an allegation that a former Divisional Commissioner Northern and the Acting Divisional Secretary Northern who between 2005 and 2006 conspired to defraud Nasoso Rural Training Centre by certifying to the ANZ Bank that they were authorized by the Nasoso Rural Training Centre Trust Account Committee to be signatories for the Trust Account whereas no authority or resolution as such was given to them or passed by the Committee.

The former Divisional Commissioner Northern who was also the Chairperson of the Nasoso Rural Training Centre colluded with the former Acting Divisional Secretary Northern by converting and misusing the monies that was intended for the Nasoso Rural Training Centre to be used for the renovation of the Commissioner Northern Accounts Office, for the repairing of the Election Ballot Boxes, the payment of wages for the carpenters who repaired the boxes, for expenses incurred by the former Divisional Commissioner Northern in attending a meeting on Election matters in Savusavu, for a purchase of a vehicle and for personal use. The public officers were jointly charged with eight counts of Conspiracy to Defraud and thirteen counts of Abuse of Office. The former Divisional Commissioner Northern was charged with eight counts of Conversion by Trustee. The former Acting Divisional Secretary was charged with eight counts of Fraud by Public Official and four counts of Abuse of Office.

The public servants were charged and appeared before the Labasa Magistrates Court on 21 December, 2007.