A Land Transport Authority (LTA) officer and a bank officer were produced in the Sigatoka Magistrates Court on 30 October 2020 on charges relating to forgery.
The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) charged Sheenal Devi with one (1) count each of Forgery and Using Forged Document.
She is alleged to have made a false LTA Application for Transfer of Ownership of Motor Vehicle/Trailer and forging the signature of the owner of the vehicle and entering her mobile number under the “Present Owner” section.
This was allegedly in order to dishonestly induce the duty of the public officials to accept the document as genuine so that she would obtain legal ownership of the motor vehicle.
Bhimlesh Chand was charged with a count of Forgery for allegedly making a false document by certifying that the information entered on a LTA Application for Transfer of Motor Vehicle/Trailer was correct without verifying the details and without the legally registered owner present.
His actions, while serving as the LTA Team Leader for Sigatoka, are alleged to have assisted the first accused to obtain ownership of the vehicle and for the information to be perceived as genuine by LTA.
FICAC Senior State Counsel Sera Fatafehi informed the Court that first phase disclosures were served and requested for strict bail conditions.
The matter was transferred to the High Court with the duo released on bail.
The matter was adjourned to 19 January 2021.