Three people will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today charged with fraud related offences for allegedly obtaining money from the Fiji National Provident Fund.

The first accused is a 45year old Travel Agent of Nailuva Road, the second accused a 39year old Military Officer and the third accused a 45year old welder residing in Lami.

The first accused is alleged to have given a forged Certificate of Title to the second and third accused to be used for the withdrawal of funds from the FNPF.

The document was allegedly altered and used by a former FNPF staff who already faces similar charges to assume that the second and third accused were prospective buyers of the property.

The two then allegedly submitted their original withdrawal for Urban Housing Assistance Form to FNPF with the intention of inducing FNPF Officials to accept it as genuine and upon its acceptance, to dishonestly obtain a gain amounting to $64,200.00 which was released from their FNPF account.

The money was allegedly shared amongst all the accused persons.

The first accused is charged with one count of Obtaining Financial Advantage by Deception:

Contrary to Section 318 of Crimes Act 2009 for allegedly obtaining $64,200.00 from FNPF using forged documents.

The second accused the 39year old Military Officer faces one count of Using Forged Documents: Contrary to Section 157(1)(a) of the Crimes Act 2009; and one count of Obtaining Financial Advantage for obtaining $5,000.00 from FNPF using forged documents.

The third accused the 45year old Welder has been charged with one count of Using Forged Document, and one count of Obtaining Financial Advantage by Deception for obtaining $12,000.00 from FNPF using forged documents.

FNPF Chief Executive Officer,  Jaoji Koroi has reassured that members’ funds are safe.

Koroi also stated that it has zero tolerance for fraudulent activities and will not hesitate in referring breaches to its processes to the relevant authorities.

The Fund has also strengthened its withdrawal guidelines and internal processes to prevent the recurrence of illegal activities.

The Fund has cooperated fully with the Police during the investigation process and will continue to do so until justice is served.

 

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