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Money launderer sentenced

November 12, 2015 9:18 pm

The Lautoka High Court has sentenced a 38-year-old man to four years imprisonment for one count of money laundering.

Chris Ronil Singh committed the offence in September 2005.

The Court heard that Singh had disguised true ownership of over $47, 700 which had been derived from some form of illegal activity.

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The Court heard a cheque drawn by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority as an income tax return was altered fraudulently.

For the purpose of depositing that cheque Singh had opened a bank account under a fake name using a fraudulently obtained learner’s permit bearing his photograph.

While sentencing Singh – Judge Justice Aruna Aluthge took into account the fact that Singh was unable to withdraw the money from the account due to an early stop payment.

He has a non-parole of one year.

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