FICAC charges former employee

Media Team   |   09 Nov 2008

A FICAC employee in Labasa, Mr Tui Vunibola was charged today in the Labasa Magistrates Court with two counts of Conversion as a trustee.

FICAC alleges that Mr Vunibola applied for funds from a donor agency on behalf of a local youth group to start a piggery business and then a prawn farming business.

The allegation is that on receipt of the funds from the donor agency, the officer appropriated a greater proportion of the funds to his own use rather than keeping them in trust for the youth group. At the hearing before Magistrate Tuilevuka, the accused asked for time to seek legal advice.

The case has been adjourned to November 25th for mention.

The officer has also breached staff policy to declare any other dealings outside of FICAC employment which he failed to do.

Vunibola’s employment with FICAC has been terminated.