Teacher Sentenced to Serve Time and the Community

Media Team   |   13 Jul 2018

The Suva Magistrates court today sentenced a school teacher to seventeen (17) months and twenty four (24) days imprisonment.

Ms. Litiana Rogoyawa Taoi was found guilty on 21 June 2018 for "Obtaining a Gain" of $18,496.94 from her former employees, the Ministry of Education (MOE).

In delivering his sentence, Chief Magistrate Mr. Usaia Ratuvili said she is to serve one (1) month in custody with the remainder of the sentence to be suspended for three (3) years.

Furthermore, he stressed that her time in prison is to serve as a warning to other would-be offenders that such offences will not be condoned.

He also stated that after the one (1) month is served, the balance of the sentence is to be served in the community to enable Taoi to rehabilitate herself.

She was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) in 2014 after it was discovered that she continued receiving a salary from MOE even though she had left teaching and was deemed to have resigned.

Twenty eight (28) days has been given for Appeal.