The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) is concerned about the number of persons impersonating as FICAC officers.
The Commission has received complaints about individuals calling members of the public claiming to be FICAC officers and demanding money or claiming to be debt collectors.
FICAC would like to advise that it does not demand money from people or act as debt collectors for people.
Further, FICAC would like to advise that anyone demanding cash or favors in kind under the pretense of being a FICAC officer is against the law and anyone found doing this should be reported against immediately.
The Commission warns those individuals against these practices and reiterates that according to Section 13 (c) of the FICAC Act No 11 of 2007, “any person who falsely claims to be a FICAC officer shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of up to $20,000 and imprisonment for one (1) year”.
Members of the public are reminded to demand proof of identification from FICAC officers, as every FICAC officer are required to carry authentic FICAC identification cards (ID) at all times.
The public should take note of the information on the ID cards and call our toll free line on 1322 from any mobile network to verify information should one suspect suspicious activity.
All matters of alleged impersonation of FICAC officers should be reported directly to FICAC on toll free line 1322 or at any of our offices in Suva, Lautoka, and Labasa.