A former Tax Officer with the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service was convicted of bribery in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Pritam Singh was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption in 2015 with one count of Bribery for accepting $1,200 in cash and $6,300 in cheque from a businessman.

At the time of the offence, he was employed as a Tax Officer with FRCS and had solicited the bribe for assisting the businessman to clear his purported tax.

He was arrested by the FICAC official whilst receiving the bribe which
amounted to $7,500.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge from the outset and the trial took place in the Magistrates Court of Suva.

In delivering the Judgment, Resident Magistrate Deepika Prakash said that Prosecution proved each element of the offence beyond reasonable doubt and found him guilty as charged.

The matter has been adjourned to the 11th of next monthfor sentencing and mitigation submissions by both parties.

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