Former Fiji Development Bank (FDB) officer Joji Cavalevu will spend one (1) year in prison after receiving his sentence in the Suva Magistrates Court today.
He was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one (1) count of Obtaining a Financial Advantage of $4000.00FJD last November.
Cavalevu, who served as the Relationship and Sales officer at FDB admitted to informing a bank client that a bank fee of $5000.00FJD had to be paid for a loan the client had just gotten approved.
The bank client complied and paid $4000.00FJD to the Accused who failed to provide the client with a receipt. It was by following up with the bank on the issuance of the receipt when the client met with another bank officer who informed the client that no such bank fees had to be paid.
In reading out the sentence, Resident Magistrate Geethani Widanelage said the offending was pre-planned and a cynical plan was employed to deceive the complainant to obtain money.
Furthermore, the trust placed on the Accused by the complainant and the bank was breached and his position as a bank officer was exploited. Cavalevu received a total sentence of two (2) years imprisonment with one (1) year suspended for five (5) years and the remaining 1 year to be served in custody effective immediately.