Former Divisional Registrar Charged with Obtaining Financial Advantage

Media Team   |   05 Feb 2019

A former employee of the Ministry of Justice appeared in the Lautoka Magistrates Court today charged with corruption related offences.

Mr. Iosefo Rabeka was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with two (2) counts of Obtaining a Financial Advantage on two (2) separate occasions in 2017 and 2018.

The Accused, who served as the Divisional Registrar West, is alleged to have misappropriated $521.40 FJD meant for the registration and issuance of Birth, Death and Marriage certificates using the Manual Receipting System between January and May in 2017.

In another incident last May, he is alleged to have obtained $2,201.80 FJD by misappropriating the money collected for Court Marriages through the Computerized Receipting System.

FICAC State Counsel Ms. Jessie Lagonilakeba informed the court that first phase disclosures were served and requested strict bail conditions.

The Accused was released on bail with a bail bond of $1000.00 FJD and had to provide two (2) sureties.

Furthermore, a Stop Departure Order was issued and he was instructed to surrender all travel documents and to report to the FICAC Lautoka Office.

Resident Magistrate Ms. Nayani Kasturiratne adjourned the matter to 25 March 2019.