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Senior World Heritage Officer Fronts Anti-Corruption Court

Media Team   |   06 Dec 2021

A Senior World Heritage Officer of the Department of Heritage and Arts has been charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) on corruption related offences.


Anaseini Kalougata has been charged with one (1) count of Obtaining Financial Advantage and one (1) count of Falsification of Documents.


For the first count Obtaining Financial Advantage, it is alleged that between 01 November 2017 and 30 November 2017 in the Central Division, Kalougata engaged in conducted, namely submitted falsified Subsistence Allowance and Travelling Expenses claim forms for the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts and as a result obtained a financial advantage amounting to $2,720.00 from the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts knowing that she was not eligible to receive the said financial advantage.


In relation to the second count of Falsification of Documents, it is alleged that between 01 November 2017 and 30 November 2017 in the Central Division, Kalougata falsified Subsistence Allowance and Travelling Expenses claim forms and did so with the intention of obtaining a gain from the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, a Government entity.


FICAC State Counsel Josann Pene informed the Court that the first phase disclosures have been served.


Resident Magistrate Jeremaia Savou granted non cash bail of $1000 for Anaseini Kalougata and ordered her to not re-offend whilst on bail.


Kalougata was also ordered not to change her address without informing the Court first, not to interfere with State witnesses and to surrender her passport.


She is further ordered to report to the FICAC Office beginning on 20 December 2021 and every fortnight thereafter.


A stop departure order has been issued against Anaseini Kalougata.


The matter has been adjourned to 12 January 2022.