Man Impersonating OHS Inspector Charged

Media Team   |   24 Jul 2020

A man alleged to have impersonated an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Inspector was produced in the Suva Magistrates Court today on corruption related offences.

Mr Dranivesi Matai Junior, also known as Matai Dranivesi, was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one (1) count each of Personating a Public Officer and Obtaining Financial Advantage and two (2) counts of Falsification of Documents.

It is alleged that he impersonated an OHS Inspector of the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Namaka office during inspections of business premises for businesses in the Nadi area for the purposes of OHS certification.

He is further alleged to have falsified OHS Inspection certificates and placed the electronic signature of the inspector he was impersonating onto the certificates which was then issued to these businesses to fulfill the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1996 in order to obtain a gain from the businesses.

The Accused also allegedly falsified trust fund receipts by forging the signature of a Revenue Collector for the Ministry onto these receipts, which were issued for the purpose of payments by the businesses, the certificates were issued to.

It was through these alleged corrupt practices that he obtained inspection fees of $1,850.00 FJD which he was not eligible to receive for inspections he was not authorized to carry out.

The matter was adjourned to 27 July 2020 when the Accused will be produced before the Chief Magistrate to make a determination on bail and to transfer the matter to the Nadi Magistrates Court.