Man Remanded for Misuse of MPAISA Funds

Media Team   |   07 Feb 2018

A man was remanded by the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon following charges for corruption related offences.

Mr. Atunaisa Ravatu, a Joiner by profession, was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for one count of “General Dishonesty –Causing a Loss” and two counts of “General Dishonesty – Obtaining a Gain.

Ravatu appeared before Magistrate Ms. Waleen George and informed Court he will be seeking the services of the Legal Aid Commission for representation.

FICAC Counsel, Ms. Anaseini Lomani appeared for Prosecution and informed Court that first phase disclosures have been served.

It is alleged that Ravatu in 2016, dishonestly caused a loss to the Government of Fiji through the Help for Home initiative by misappropriating funds from the MPAISA cards belonging to the villagers of Vuna District amounting to $22, 231.22.

It is also alleged that the Accused dishonestly obtained a gain of $1600.00 and $2000.00 on two separate occasions for his personal gain from the “Cash Back” promotion given by Vinod Patel Limited under the Help for Home initiative.

Ms. George asked Prosecution if any recovery of the amount was made to which Cousel informed Court that no recovery has been made.

Magistrate then remanded the Accused and adjourned the matter to 12 February 2018.