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Four charged over FNPF fraud

August 15, 2019 8:00 am

Four people will front court today as part of a crackdown on those allegedly involved in illegally obtaining funds from the Fiji National Provident Fund.

The Fiji Police Force confirms investigators from the Criminal Investigation Department’s Fraud Unit continue to delve into the fraud cases.

The first accused – a former FNPF employee has been charged with five counts of forgery for allegedly forging various legal documents pertaining to the purchase of land.

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The second accused, a 32-year-old former iTLTB employee has been charged with one count of Forgery for allegedly forging a Certificate of Title.

The third accused is a high school teacher facing a charge of using a forged document and one count of Obtaining Financial Advantage by Deception. The 32-year-old allegedly obtaining $7,300 from the FNPF using forged documents.

The 4th accused, a 40-year-old Naval Officer has also been charged with one count of using forged document and one and count of obtaining financial advantage by deception for allegedly obtaining $30,200 from FNPF using forged documents.

It’s alleged that the former iTLTB staff gave a Certificate of Title to the former FNPF employee after tampering with the said document, knowing that the 1st accused will use it to withdraw funds from the FNPF.

The former FNPF employee then allegedly altered the Title and lodged the same together with other forged documents – to assume that the 3rd and 4th accused are prospective buyers of the property.

The high school teacher and the Naval Officer then allegedly submitted Urban Housing Assistance withdrawal forms to the 1st accused.

Police allege they tricked FNPF officials into accepting the documents as genuine and obtained $37,500 – released from their FNPF accounts.

The money was allegedly shared amongst all the accused persons.

The alleged offences took place between the 6th and 11th of June 2019.

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