Former Tax Investigator and Auditor Sentenced

Media Team   |   21 Nov 2019

A former Tax Investigator and Auditor with the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) was sentenced to 17 months in the Suva Magistrates Court today.

Mr Jone Vula was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one (1) count of Bribery in 2014.

He admitted to accepting $500.00FJD from an entrepreneur at the Suva Market who he was investigating for business returns and had promised to issue a tax clearance letter upon receiving the above amount.

In reading out the Sentence, Resident Magistrate Mr Asanga Bodaragama stated that the act of bribery should be viewed as damaging and serious with grave implications on the trust and confidence of public service of this country.

Furthermore the Magistrate said that the offence committed by the Accused was not a mere technical breach of law, but was committed after planning and preparation and that good character could not be relied upon to evade the criminal responsibility of his conduct.

Magistrate Bodaragama ruled that five (5) months would be served in prison and the remaining 12 months to be suspended for two (2) years.