News

Former iTaukei Land Trust Board Officer and a Private Individual Fronts Court for Alleged Land Scam

Media Team   |   26 Aug 2022

A former iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) Officer and a private individual was produced at the Anti-Corruption Division Magistrates Court in Lautoka on Thursday, 25 August 2022 for an alleged land scam.


Joseva Muana and Tarun Reddy were jointly charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with eleven (11) counts of Conspiracy to Defraud – Obtaining A Gain, eleven (11) counts of Obtaining Financial Advantage and eleven (11) counts of Falsification of Documents.


On the eleven counts of Conspiracy to Defraud – Obtaining A Gain, it is alleged between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020 in the Western Division, Joseva Muana and Tarun Reddy conspired with the intention of dishonestly obtaining a gain in the amount of FJD $115,100.00 from private individuals.


For the eleven counts of Obtaining Financial Advantage, it is alleged between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020 in the Western Division, Tarun Reddy sold vacant pieces of land in Votulevu which did not belong to him, and as a result of such conduct obtained a financial advantage in the sum of FJD $115,100.00 from private individuals.


In relation to the eleven (11) counts of Falsification of Documents, it is alleged between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020 in the Western Division, Joseva Muana and Tarun Reddy dishonestly falsified iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) Agreement for Lease, TLTB official receipt and TLTB letters and the said documents were issued for the purpose under the iTaukei Land Trust (Leases and Licenses) Regulations 1984 and did so with the intention of obtaining a gain from private individuals in the sum of FJD $115,100.00.


FICAC State Counsel Ms. Arieta Vaganalau informed the Court that the first phase of disclosures has been served.


The Magistrates granted a non-cash bail of $200 for both accused and ordered not to re-offend whilst on bail.


Joseva Muana and Tarun Reddy were ordered to surrender their travel documents to Court and to report to the nearest police station at the end of every month between 7am to 7pm commencing from 31 August 2022.


A stop departure order has been issued for Joseva Muana and Tarun Reddy.


The matter has been adjourned to 3 October 2022.