Alleged $4m fraud case transferred to High court
July 18, 2019 6:21 pm
A matter of alleged fraud involving over four-million dollars has been transferred to the Suva High court.
It relates to Fiji Revenue and Customs Services suspended Director Intelligence, Compliance and Investigations, Shameem Khan, who is charged with abuse of office and general dishonesty causing a Loss.
FICAC had made an application to transfer the matter to the High Court based on the grounds that it was a serious fraud case and the amount was more than four million dollars.
However, the defense objected to the application saying the Magistrates court has the jurisdiction to deal with both counts.
The defense also stated that there was a delay by the prosecution to file the transfer application.
In her ruling this afternoon, the Magistrate said that the first count carries a sentence of 17 years which is seven years more than what could be handed out by the Magistrates court.
She said that it would be appropriate to transfer the matter to the High court.
It’s alleged that between January 1st, 2016 and May 5th last year in Suva, Khan prepared an investigation report with false contents and prevented the Revenue and Customs from obtaining revenue in the sum of four million, one hundred and eighteen thousand, nine hundred and ninety-four dollars and eight cents ($4,118,994.08FJD).
Forty-four-year old Khan was charged in October last year.
The matter will now be called in the High court on August 1st.