Former Acting Deputy Official Receiver Viliame Katia has been sentenced to 23 years imprisonment after he was convicted of committing 11 white collar crimes involving approximately 4.1 million Fijian Dollars.

Katia was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption in 2016 with 4 counts of Forgery, 3 counts of Abuse of Office and 1 counts each of Embezzlement by Servant, False Information to Public Servant, Unauthorised Modification of Data and Obtaining a Financial Advantage.

While delivering his sentence Justice Temo said that the level of deceit and evil Katia had perpetuated among his co-workers and supervisors to steal the money were the height of all evil. Furthermore, he stated that a mockery was made of both the Official Receiver’s Office and the High Court as Katia had even pretended to be a judge issuing court orders.

He concluded that there was a need to punish the Accused in a manner that was just, in the interest of justice and to protect the community.

The Katia had engineered 1,415 fraudulent transactions over a period of 7 years and 5 months resulting in his multi-million dollar unlawful gain.
Former Acting Deputy Official Receiver Viliame Katia has been sentenced to 23 years imprisonment after he was convicted of committing 11 white collar crimes involving approximately 4.1 million Fijian Dollars.

Katia was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption in 2016 with 4 counts of Forgery, 3 counts of Abuse of Office and 1 counts each of Embezzlement by Servant, False Information to Public Servant, Unauthorised Modification of Data and Obtaining a Financial Advantage.

While delivering his sentence Justice Temo said that the level of deceit and evil Katia had perpetuated among his co-workers and supervisors to steal the money were the height of all evil. Furthermore, he stated that a mockery was made of both the Official Receiver’s Office and the High Court as Katia had even pretended to be a judge issuing court orders.

He concluded that there was a need to punish the Accused in a manner that was just, in the interest of justice and to protect the community.

The Katia had engineered 1,415 fraudulent transactions over a period of 7 years and 5 months resulting in his multi-million dollar unlawful gain.

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