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Recently Admitted Lawyer Fronts Anti Corruption Court For Impersonation Of A Senior Military Officer

Media Team   |   20 Dec 2021

A recently admitted lawyer has been charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for impersonation and deception.


Mohammed Sharif appeared before the Magistrates Court of the Anti Corruption Division in Lautoka charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one (1) count of Personating A Public Officer and one (1) count of Obtaining A Financial Advantage By Deception.


For the count of Personating A Public Officer, it is alleged between 01 January 2020 and 30 December 2020 in the Western Division, Mohammed Sharif falsely represented himself to be one BRIGADIER GENERAL MOHAMMED AZIZ of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and assumed to do acts by virtue of being the said BRIGADIER GENERAL MOHAMMED AZIZ.


On the count of Obtaining A Financial Advantage By Deception , it is alleged between 01 January 2020 and 30 December 2020 in the Western Division, Mohammed Sharif by deception dishonestly obtained FJD $118,350.00 from an international businessman by falsely representing himself to be one BRIGADIER GENERAL MOHAMMED AZIZ.


FICAC State Counsel Mr Darren Hickes informed the court that the first phase of disclosures has been served.


Defense Counsel mr Filimoni Daveta applied for name suppression in Court for the accused to which FICAC State Counsel objected to the application made. Resident Magistrate Hemantha refused the application put forth by the Defense Counsel.


FICAC will file an affidavit in opposition to bail on Thursday 23 December 2021.


The bail ruling will be made on Wednesday 29 December 2021.


Mohammed Sharif has been remanded at the Natabua Remand Centre.


Background of the Case


Investigations were launched by FICAC in which it was revealed that Mohammed Sharif, contacted an international businessman who owns an import and export business and informed the businessman that he needs seeds to which Sharif was invited to the businessman's farm in the Western Division.


Upon visiting the farm, Mohammed Sharif introduced himself to the businessman and the workers at the farm as one BRIGADIER GENERAL MOHAMMED AZIZ, second in charged at the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and legal adviser to the Prime Minister.


Investigations by FICAC further revealed that Mohammed Sharif by deception dishonestly obtained large sums of money which were paid by the international businessman.


FICAC believes that there may have been members of the public who may have fallen victim to this scam by the suspect or have been scammed by anyone in a similar way are urged to contact FICAC and lodge their complaint.


For further queries, please call the FICAC toll-free line on 1322.