Former Ministry of Justice Employee Sentenced

Media Team   |   18 Aug 2020

A former Revenue Collector with the Ministry of Justice was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment in the Savusavu Magistrates Court today.

Mr Tomasi Raikivi was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one (1) count of General Dishonesty – Obtaining a Gain, which he pleaded guilty to.

He admitted to using receipts, revenue collectors cash analysis sheet and bank lodgments with false material to obtain $1,402.95 FJD between June 2015 and September 2017.

In delivering the sentence, Resident Magistrate Mr Timoci Qalinauci said that there was a gross breach of trust as the Accused was a revenue collector who stole a substantial amount of money.

Furthermore, he stated that the Accused systematically drained money from the Ministry of Justice for his personal gain when he was entrusted by the Ministry of Justice and the public to uphold the values of high ethical standard, professionalism and courtesy.

He also highlighted that there was no form of restitution from the Accused and emphasized that the Court denounced this offence.

He added that a short and sharp sentence was warranted to deter other would-be offenders.