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Revenue Collector Charged By FICAC For Obtaining More Than $100,000

Media Team   |   10 Mar 2022

A Revenue Collector for the Judicial Department was produced at the Lautoka Magistrates Court this afternoon, Thursday 10 March 2022 charged for corruption related offences.


Torika Maibau has been charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with four (4) counts of Forgery, two (2) counts of Obtaining Financial Advantage and three (3) counts of General Dishonesty – Causing A Loss.


On the first count, the count of Forgery, it is alleged between 1 January 2020 and 30 August 2021 in the Western Division, Maibau made false documents by altering the dates of about three hundred and twenty-eight (328) Judicial Department Trust Account Receipts with the intention to dishonestly induce public officials employed within the Judicial Department to accept them as genuine; and if it is so accepted, to dishonestly influence the exercise of the public duty or functions of the said public officials.


The second count, the count of Forgery, it is alleged between 1 January 2020 and 30 August 2021 in the Western Division, Maibau made false documents by altering the dates on the copies of Bank Lodgement Forms for the Government of Fiji and Cash Analysis for the Judicial Trust Account, with the intention to dishonesty induce public officials employed within the Judicial Department to accept them as genuine; and if so accepted, to dishonestly influence the exercise of the public duty or functions of the said public officials.


For the third count, the count of Obtaining Financial Advantage, it is alleged between 1 January 2020 and 30 August 2021, Maibau engaged in conduct by receiving revenue from about three hundred and fifty-two (352) Judicial Department Trust Account Receipts amounting to FJD $41,012.44, without depositing the said sum to the Judicial Department Westpac Trust Account, and as a result of such conduct, obtained a financial advantage, knowing that she was not eligible to receive the said financial advantage.


On the alternative count, the count of General Dishonesty – Causing A Loss, it is alleged between 1 January 2020 and 30 August 2021, Maibau dishonestly caused a loss to the Judicial Department of Fiji by receiving revenue from about three hundred and fifty-two (352) Judicial Department Westpac Trust Account Receipts amounting to FJD $41,012.44, and without depositing the same sum to the Judicial Department Trust Account, and knowing that the loss will occur to the litigants and the Judicial Department of Fiji.


The fourth count, the count of Forgery, it is alleged between 1 January 2020 and 30 August 2021, Maibau made false documents by altering the dates of about five hundred and ninety-six (596) Judicial Department Revenue Account Receipts with the intention to dishonestly induce public officials employed within the Judicial Department to accept them as genuine; and if it is so accepted, to dishonestly influence the exercise of the public duty or functions of the said public officials.


In relation to the fifth count, the count of Forgery, it is alleged between 1 January 2020 and 30 August 2021, Maibau made false documents by altering the dates on the copies of Bank Lodgement Forms for the Government of Fiji and Cash Analysis for the Judicial Revenue Account, with the intention to dishonestly induce public officials employed within the office of Judicial Department, to accept them as genuine; and if it is so accepted, to dishonestly influence the exercise of the public duty or functions of the said public officials.


On the matter of the sixth count, the count of Obtaining Financial Advantage, it is alleged between 1 January 2020 and 30 August 2021, Maibau engaged in conduct by receiving revenue from about seven hundred and thirty-seven (737) Judicial Department Revenue Account Receipts, amounting to FJD $61,448.90, without depositing the said sum to the Judicial Department BSP Revenue Account, and as a result of such conducted obtained a financial advantaged, knowing that she was not eligible to receive the said financial advantage.


For the alternative count, the count of General Dishonesty – Causing A Loss, it is alleged between 1 January 2020 and 30 August 2021, Maibau dishonestly caused a loss to the Judicial Department of Fiji by receiving revenue from about seven hundred and thirty seven (737) Judicial Department Revenue Account Receipts amounting to FJD $61,448.90, without depositing the same sum to the Judicial Department Revenue Account, and knowing that the loss will occur to the Judicial Department of Fiji and or Government Revenue.


For the seventh count, count of General Dishonesty – Causing A Loss, it is alleged that between 1 January 2020 and 30 August 2021, Maibau dishonestly caused a risk to the Judicial Department of Fiji by not accounting for and receipting cheques receiving, amounting to FJD $546.95, and knowing that the loss or substantial risk of the loss will occur to the litigants, Judicial Department of Fiji and or Government Revenue.


FICAC State Counsel Ms. Lanieta More informed the Court that the first phase of disclosures have been served.


The Magistrates Court granted a non cash bail of $1,000 for Torika Maibau and she was ordered not to re-offend whilst on bail.


Torika Maibau was ordered to provide two (2) sureties and she shouldn’t leave Viti Levu without the permission of the Court.


She was also ordered to report to the FICAC Lautoka Office on the 1st and 15th day of every month from 9am to 4pm.


A stop departure order has been issued against Torika Maibau.


The matter has been adjourned to 18 March 2022.