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PWD Trio Sentenced

Media Team   |   28 Feb 2020

The Suva High Court delivered sentences to former employees of the Public Works Department (PWD) convicted of defrauding on 21 February 2020.


Ms Ana Laqere, who served as an Assistant Accounts Officer, was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one (1) count of Abuse of Office and 27 counts of Causing a Loss amounting to $76,931.57 FJD.


She was sentenced to five (5) years in prison to be served alongside her 10-year sentence, which she received in 2017.


Similarly, Ms Vaciseva Lagai who also held that position was charged with one (1) count of Abuse of Office and 24 counts of Causing a Loss amounting to $68, 550.90 FJD.


She also received a sentence of five (5) years to be served alongside her eight (8) year sentence delivered in 2017.


Ms Vilisi Tuitavuki, who was employed as a Temporary Relieving Clerical Officer was charged with one (1) count of Abuse of Office and three (3) counts of Causing a Loss amounting to $8,507.87 FJD.


She was sentenced to three (3) years to be served alongside her eight (8) year sentence delivered in 2017.


The ladies admitted to the charges against them for facilitating the processing of false payments Crazy Office Supplies and Entire Office Supplies from February to May in 2010.


High Court Judge Justice Mr Riyaz Hamza said that the actions of the trio were a serious breach of trust.


He further stated that the repetitive and systematic breaches of procurement procedures established the fact that there was prior planning and a deliberate attempt to defraud public funds.