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Major accusation leveled against NFP provisional candidate

May 1, 2018 6:39 pm

The Fiji Police Force has completed investigation into allegations of fraud against a provisional candidate of the National Federation Party.

Former New Zealand resident and now Nausori businessman, Fairuz Dean alleges a business deal with Newmart Autosales owner Feroz Mohammed fell apart when money paid to Mohammed in New Zealand for partial ownership of a timber sawmilling business in Nausori was not reflected in official documents.

Dean says his interest to invest in Fiji led to him being introduced to Feroz Mohammed in 2015 who offered to sell part of his Nausori saw milling business to Dean.

“We signed a share document in NZ in front of a NZ lawyer and the rest of the documentation which the contract was supposed to be signed in Fiji when we returned. From there we didn’t sign at all – no contract was signed and I kept asking him on when the contract will be signed but he went to NZ and then China and kept guising me.”

Dean alleges after signing the contract in New Zealand he transferred NZD128, 000 to Feroz Mohammed’s NZ account and as per the contract Dean was to receive 44 percent shares in the company while Mohammed retained 56 percent shares by contributing sawmilling machines to the new company known as Fatima Bibi Company Limited.

Dean alleges as agreed to earlier Mohammed failed to transfer machinery to the new company.

He and his wife Shazreen Dean allege they continued to operate the company at their own expense because Mohammed refused to contribute anything and also refused to sign the remaining transfer documents.

“In February, 2017 somewhere around March – my husband went – finally he got hold of Feroz and told Feroz that it’s high time that he need to return the money or you have to transfer that things to the new company as agreed. So he said – I am not going to transfer you a single dollar instead you have to pay me more because – you were using the machine and the damage you have done.”

The couple also allege Mohammed later locked them out of their Nausori property, revalued company assets and sold it back to his other company Newmart Autosales Limited.

However according to them the sale was illegal because the machines were never officially transferred to Fatima Bibi Company by Mohammed in the first place.

The couple allege Mohammed later as majority shareholder of the company fired Fairuz Dean even though Dean had paid Mohammed around FJD 191, 000.

The NFP provisional candidate who uses the name Feroz Ghulam Mohammed instead of his official name of Feroz Mohammed refused to comment to FBC News directing us to speak with the Criminal Investigation Department as he has given an interview to the police.

FBC News has received confirmation that the matter has been investigated by CID and the file has been forwarded to the DPP’s office.

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