Businessman and employees of Ministry of Health faces court for corruption

By: Stella Taoi

 

CorruptionA Businessman was charged alongside three current and two former employees of the Ministry of Health for corruption related offences.

All six Accused appeared before Magistrate Samuela Qica at the Ba Magistrates Court yesterday.

It is alleged that businessman, Mohammed Fariaz who is charged with one count of falsification of documents, one count of giving false information and one count of obtaining a financial advantage between 2011 and 2012 in the Western Division dishonestly falsified quotations with the aim of obtaining a gain in the sum of $38,412.07 from the Ministry of Health.

Fariaz is alleged to have dishonestly submitted quotations to the Ministry of Heath which he knew were false and did so with the intention of obtaining a gain from the Ministry of Health.

It is also alleged that Fariaz engaged in the conduct of falsifying quotations and submitting to the Ministry and as a result of such conduct, obtained an advantage in the sum $38, 412.07 knowing that he was not eligible to receive the said advantage.

The other five Accused have been each charged with one count of Abuse of Office each. They are Shiri Ram, Aliti Tamani, Setefano Lagilagi, Ilisepa Bulavakarua and Mohammed Imraan.

They were all granted bail on a $1000.00 bail bond after producing a surety each in court.

They were also ordered to surrender their travel documents and are not allowed to travel outside Fiji jurisdiction.
The matter has been adjourned to 29 November 2017 for second phase disclosures to be served.

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