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A Sub Officer Operations and a Sub Officer Structural Fire Safety of the National Fire Authority (NFA) Charged by FICAC for alleged Scam

Media Team   |   18 May 2022

A Sub Officer Operations and a Sub Officer Structural Fire Safety of the National Fire Authority (NFA) based at the Lautoka Fire Station were produced at the Lautoka Magistrates Court of the Anti-Corruption Division on Friday 13 May 2022 charged for corruption related offences.


The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) has charged Joseva Tora with three (3) counts of Soliciting an Advantage and seven (7) counts of Soliciting and Accepting an Advantage while Inoke Raleba is charged with one (1) count of Aiding and Abetting.


On the three counts of Soliciting an Advantage, it is alleged between 01 January 2021 to 30 March 2021, Joseva Tora whilst being the Sub Officer Operations based at the Lautoka Fire Station without the general or special permission of his appointing authority solicited an advantage of FJD $670 from private businesses in the Western Division.


For the seven (7) counts of Soliciting and Accepting an Advantage, it is alleged between 06 November 2020 to 30 November 2020 and 01 January 2021 to 28 February 2021, Joseva Tora whilst being the Sub Officer Operations based at the Lautoka Fire Station without the general permission of his appointing authority solicited and accepted an advantage of FJD $1,470 from various private businesses in the Western Division.


In relation to the one (1) count of Aiding and Abetting, it is alleged that Inoke Raleba being the Sub Structural Fire Safety Officer at Lautoka Fire Station aided and abetted Joseva Tora by sending an email to a private hardware business with the intention to abet Tora in soliciting the sum of FJD $120 from the said business.


FICAC State Counsel, Mr. Shanil Nair informed the Court that the first phase of disclosures has been served.


The Magistrates Court granted a non cash bail of $500 for each of the accused and were ordered not to re-offend whilst on bail.


Joseva Tora and Inoke Raleba were ordered not to interfere with prosecution witnesses and not to change their residential address without the permission from the Court.


Tora and Raleba were also ordered to report to the FICAC Lautoka Office on the last working day of the month between 8am to 4pm.


A stop departure order has been issued against Joseva Tora and Inoke Raleba.


The matter has been adjourned to 27 June 2022.