Duo Deny Defrauding WAF

Media Team   |   26 Mar 2019

A former Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) staff and his accomplice denied charges of corruption in the Suva High Court today.

Mr. Laisiasa Valesu was charged with one (1) count each of Abuse of Office, Forgery and Obtaining a Financial Advantage, while Mr. Pauliasi Waite Simione was charged with a count of Aiding and Abetting Obtaining a Financial Advantage by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) last June.

The men took their plea in the High Court after having their case transferred from the Magistrates Court last month.

FICAC State Counsel Ms. Laite Bokini informed the Court that all disclosures have been served and that the Prosecution would rely on the Caution Interviews of both Accused as admissions had been made in the same.

Defence counsel Ms. Lavinia David notified the Court that time was needed for the first Accused to confirm their position on the contents on the Caution Interview, whereas the defence for the second Accused rested on the basis that he had no knowledge of the crimes being committed.

It is alleged that Mr. Valesu facilitated the processing of false payments by using false documents pertaining to the Muanikau 5G Project and the Nabukalou Project and gained $334,496.18 FJD between June 2013 and May 2016 from the Water Authority of Fiji.

Mr. Simione is alleged to have assisted him in the gaining of part or the whole of the $334,496.18.

High Court Judge Justice Mr. Daniel Gounder adjourned the case to 3 June 2019.