Four people will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today as investigators from the Criminal Investigation Department’s Fraud Unit continues its crackdown on those allegedly involved in illegally obtaining funds from the Fiji National Provident Fund.
The first accused a former FNPF employee has been charged with five counts of forgery: Contrary to Section 156(1) of the Crimes Act 2009 for allegedly forging various legal documents pertaining to the purchase of land.
The second accused a 32year old former ITLTB employee has been charged with one count of Forgery for allegedly forging a Certificate of Title.
The third accused a 32 year old high school teacher has also been charged with one count of using forged document and one count of Obtaining Financial Advantage by Deception Contrary to Section 318 of Crimes Act 2009 for allegedly obtaining $7,300.00 from the FNPF using forged documents.
The 4th accused a 40 year old Naval Officer has also been charged with one count of using forged document and one and count of obtaining financial advantage by deception for allegedly obtaining $30,200.00 from FNPF using forged documents.
The alleged offences took place between the 6th and 11th of June 2019, where the 2nd accused is alleged to have given a certificate of title to the 1st accused after tampering with the said document knowing very well that he will use the said Title for the withdrawal of funds from FNPF.
The 1st accused allegedly altered the Title and lodged the same together with other forged documents at FNPF to assume that the 3rd and 4th accused person’s are prospective buyers of the property.
The 3rd and 4th accused then allegedly submitted their original Urban Housing Assistance withdrawl forms to the 1st accused with the intention of inducing FNPF Officials to accept it as genuine and upon its acceptance, to dishonestly obtain a gain to the total amount of $37,500.00 which was released from their FNPF accounts.
The money was allegedly shared amongst all the accused persons.
All four will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today.