A former employee of a Printery in Suva was produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today for “Obtaining Financial Advantage”
Mr. Pranesh Kumar appeared before Magistrate Mr. Jioji Boseiwaqa charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for one count of “Obtaining a Financial Advantage” contrary to Section 326 (1) of the Crimes Act No.44 of 2009.
It is alleged that in December 2016, Kumar unlawfully filled out a cheque belonging to the Government of Fiji, falsified a signature on the said cheque and cashed the same in the amount of FJD $1700.00.
FICAC Counsel, Ms. Laite Bokini–Ratu appeared for Prosecution and informed Court that first phase disclosures have been served to the Accused.
Kumar was earlier charged by FICAC in August this year for two counts of “Obtaining a Financial Advantage”. It is alleged that Kumar in 2016 engaged in unlawful conduct by uplifting and filling out cheque numbers belonging to the Government of Fiji before falsifying signatures on the said cheques and cashing the same and as a result obtained a financial advantage amounting to the sum of FJD $5100.00 in total knowing that he was not eligible to receive the said amount.
Counsel from the Legal Aid Commission was present as duty solicitor for Kumar. Kumar has been released on bail bond of FJD $300.00 after producing a surety in Court.
He is not to reoffend, not to interfere with prosecution witnesses and is to report to the FICAC Suva office every Friday. A stop departure has been issued accordingly.
Matter has been adjourned to 23 November 2017 for Mention.