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Judge finds men guilty in multi million dollar road scam case

June 21, 2015 10:40 pm

Suva High Court Judge Justice Paul Madigan has concurred with the assessors and found four men guilty of trying to circumvent procedures to obtain $3 million in a road work project.

Justice Madigan will sentence Ba businessman, Feroz Jan Mohammed, Iliesa Turagacati, Navitalai Tamanitoakula and Aisea Liwaiono on Wednesday.

Last Friday, the assessors found Mohammad, Tiragacati and Tamanitoakula guilty of Bribery, Obtaining a Financial Advantage and Abuse of Office while Liwaiono has been found guilty of Causing a Loss.

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Mohammed, the Director of T.F Jan Bulldozing Company paid $110,000 to the two former employees of the then Department of Roads.

He then lodged false invoices and circumvented procedures to obtain an advantage of over $3 million.

The men were charged by Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.

The case was heard over one month and the court heard that out of the 14 payments Mohammed ’s company received, 12 were over payments.

Mohammed disputes that the money paid to Turagacati was in form of royalty payments for the use of his land and was also for the purchase of fish as Turagacati had a fish business.

All the accused have been remanded in custody for sentencing on Wednesday.

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