A man who admitted to falsifying a receipt and causing a loss to the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment in the Suva Magistrates Court today.
Mr Samuela Wainibuli was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) last December for falsifying the duplicate and triplicate copy of a Ministry of Health (MOH) receipt which resulted in the loss of FJD $54.50 to the MOH.
In delivering his sentence, Chief Magistrate Mr Usaia Ratuvili said that the offence was a serious breach of trust and that the offending showed some prior planning.
He said that although the amount taken was small, the principle of the Accused’s actions have far reaching consequences as patients at the CWM Hospital would now be more wary of the receipts that they receive and will be unsure whether their money is actually being paid in or not.
Mr Wainibuli was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment with one (1) month to be served in custody and the remaining nine (9) months to be suspended for three (3) years.
The Chief Magistrate added that the Accused must spend some time in custody to send a deterrent message to himself and to any other like-minded offenders whilst also affording him the opportunity to serve the remainder of the sentence in the community to continue his