A former Land Transport Authority (LTA) employee and Quantum Electronics business partner were produced in the Nausori Magistrates Court today for allegedly conspiring to defraud LTA.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) charged Ms Shoran Lata with one (1) count each of Conspiracy to Defraud – Obtaining a Gain, Falsification of Documents and Obtaining a Financial Advantage.

It is alleged, that while serving as a Customer Service Officer, she falsified LTA receipts in order to gain $13,609.20 FJD in May last year.

She is alleged to have recorded cash payments as cheque payments to falsely indicate that LTA was receiving cheque payments.

FICAC also charged Mr Vishal Nand with one (1) count each of Conspiracy to Defraud – Obtaining a Gain and Aiding and Abetting.

He is alleged to have helped Ms Lata commit the above offenses in order for them to obtain the money, which they were not eligible to receive.

FICAC State Counsel Ms Sanjana Datt informed the court that first phase disclosures was served and requested that strict bail conditions be imposed on the duo.

Resident Magistrate Mr Shageeth Somaratne released the individuals on bail and instructed them not to re-offend and change their residential address.

They were also ordered to surrender their travel documents and had a Stop Departure Order issued against them.

The matter was adjourned to 13 August 2020

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