Former employees of the Fiji Sugar Corporation Limited were charged with corruption related offences in the Lautoka Magistrates Court yesterday.
The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) charged Mr Samuela Railoa with one (1) count of Obtaining a Financial Advantage while Mr Mohammed Aiyub faces one (1) count of Aiding and Abetting Obtaining a Financial Advantage.
It is alleged that Mr Railoa, who was based in the Lautoka office, falsely stated that he cultivated a piece of land in Labasa belonging to a registered Fiji Sugar Corporation Limited Grower in order to obtain $5000.00 FJD between August 2016 and April 2017 under the 2015 Sugarcane Planting Program Government Grant.
Mr Aiyub, based in the Labasa office and who had direct contact with the real owner of the piece of land, is alleged to have helped Mr Railoa obtain the money by entering his (Railoa’s) name into the work order form for the payment of the grant instead of the name of the registered owner.
FICAC State Counsel Mr Adrian Sharma appeared for Prosecution and informed the Court that first phase disclosures was served.
The duo were released on bail, had a Stop Departure Order issued against them and were instructed to surrender their travel documents, not to re-offend and interfere with prosecution witnesses and to report to their nearest Police Stations every Monday.
The matter was adjourned to 4 February 2020.