The Suva Magistrates Court today for corruption related offences handed a former revenue collector at the Judicial Department a custodial sentence.
Ms. Farzana Bano will serve an imprisonment term of one year and eleven (11) months.
The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) had charged Ms. Bano earlier this year for one count of “Falsification of Documents” and one count of “Obtaining a Financial advantage”.
Chief Magistrate Mr. Usaia Ratuvili stated that that Ms. Bano’s actions “deserve a sentence of imprisonment.
Bano was sentenced to seventeen (17) months imprisonment for the first count of “Falsification of Documents” and one year and eleven months for “Obtaining a Financial Advantage” with both the sentences to be served concurrently.
Bano between January 2017 and March 2017, in Suva dishonestly falsified bank copies of receipts and revenue collector’s cash analysis sheets with the intention to obtaining a gain from the Ministry of Justice.
As a result of falsifying bank copies of receipts, the Accused obtained a financial advantage amounting to FJD$11, 715.60 for herself from the Ministry of Justice knowing that she was not eligible to receive the said financial advantage.
She had pleaded guilty to the offences and was convicted accordingly.
FICAC Counsel, Ms. Sanjana Datt appeared for Prosecution and Mr. Jitendra Reddy represented Bano.
Twenty –eight days has been given for appeal.