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FICAC yet to decide on appealing Padarath and Vakaloloma's sentence

August 29, 2018 7:50 pm

The Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption is expected to make a decision soon on whether to appeal the sentence handed to businessman Benjamin Padarath and Aseri Vakaloloma.

The duo were handed a suspended sentence by the Suva Magistrates court last week after they were convicted of one count each of forgery last month.

The two had forged the Articles of Association of BECP Engineering Construction Fiji Ltd between October 14th and October 31st in 2009.

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They did this by creating a page and changing the particulars of subscribers from Adishwar Padarath of 57 Duncan Rd, Domain, Suva, to Voreqe Bainimarama of 228 Ratu Sukuna Rd, Domain, Suva.

Vakaloloma signed as a witness to the signature while Padarath signed as one of the subscribers.

62-year-old Vakaloloma was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years.

Padarath who was previously convicted of committing a similar felony was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment suspended for two years.

FICAC confirms they are currently studying the sentence and will make a decision in due course.

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