Two further remanded for alleged FNPF fraud case
August 19, 2019 5:00 pm
A former Fiji National Provident Fund employee and another facing numerous charges in relation to an alleged scam were today further remanded in custody.
The first accused, Jack Edward Hiramatsu and second accused Adi Mara Rufina Qaranivalu a former iTLTB clerk facing forgery charges appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court this morning.
It is alleged the two colluded with others to use forged Certificate of Titles to withdraw a substantial amount of money from the FNPF accounts.
The two appeared with four other people in court last week.
While the four were released on bail, Hiramatsu and Qaranivalu were remanded as the prosecution had indicated that there is a pending investigation against them.
When the two appeared in court this morning, the Prosecution requested for them to be further remanded at the Suva Remand center until tomorrow.
Hiramatsu who was with FNPF’s legal department now faces fifteen counts of forgery while Qaranivalu is charged with three counts of forgery.
The two have appeared three times in court for allegedly defrauding the FNPF of over $110,000.
Twelve other people have been charged and produced in court in relation to this matter in the last two weeks.