Duo Given 7 Year Concurrent Sentence for Defrauding PWD

Media Team   |   27 Sep 2018

Two (2) former Public Works Department (PWD) employees received a seven (7) year sentence at the Suva High Court today.

High Court Judge Justice Mr. Riyaz Hamza said that the repetitive and systematic breaches of the procurement procedures showed prior planning and a deliberate attempt to defraud public funds.

Ms. Amelia Vunisea and Ms. Laisa Halafi pled guilty to one (1) count each of “Abuse of Office” and thirty three (33) and twenty seven (27) counts of “Causing a Loss” respectively, with Halafi also facing one (1) count of “Obtaining a Financial Advantage” last November.

The two were charged alongside seven (7) others by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) last year for causing a loss of $93,512.48 to PWD.

They admitted to facilitating false payments to Crazy and Entire Office Supplies between February and May 2010.

Vunisea and Halafi are currently serving inmates after being sentenced to eight (8) and nine (9) years eleven (11) months respectively, in May last year.

Last month, the duo also received a sentence of six (6) years each for similar offences.

All these sentences are being served concurrently.

Thirty (30) days was given to appeal.