Former PWD worker sentenced for fraud
July 18, 2019 9:51 am
A former employee of the Public Works Department has been sentenced to three years imprisonment in the Suva High Court.
Kiniviliame Taviraki was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one count of Abuse of Office and three counts of Causing a Loss in 2014.
Taviraki had received an earlier sentence of six years for another case involving similar corruption-related activities.
He has now been found guilty and convicted for his role in causing a loss of $8,838.24 while serving as a Senior Technical Officer at PWD.
High Court Judge Justice Mr. Riyaz Hamza ordered that this additional sentence be served concurrently with his existing sentence and did not fix a non-parole period.
Justice Hamza said that in addition to the serious breach of trust, the repetitive and systematic breaches of procurement procedures established that there were prior planning and a deliberate attempt by the Accused to defraud public funds.
The Accused will receive his third sentence for similar crimes in September.