Man Admits to Committing Corruption Offences

Media Team   |   25 Apr 2019

A man charged with offences regarding the misuse of funds under the Help for Homes initiative pleaded Guilty in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) had charged Mr. Atunaisa Ravatu in February 2018 with a count of General Dishonesty – Causing a Loss and two (2) counts of General Dishonesty – Obtaining a Gain.

In court yesterday, he admitted to dishonestly causing a loss to the government by misappropriating MPAISA cards which belonged to villagers of Vuna District in Taveuni amounting to $22,231.22 FJD in 2016.

He also admitted to obtaining $1,600.00 FJD in Suva and $2,000.00 FJD in Sigatoka from the Cash Back promotion given by Vinod Patel Company Limited.

The matter was adjourned to 1 May 2019 for Mention to check on the Defence’s position on the facts provided by FICAC.