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Three former supermarket executives face money laundering charges

October 31, 2018 12:01 am

Three former executives of a major supermarket chain have been charged for their alleged involvement in deceptively obtaining more than $200,000.

The alleged incident happened between 2011 and 2016 while they were employed at the supermarket’s headquarters in Nasinu.

The first accused is a 36-year-old man who is the company’s former chief finance officer, while the second accused a 37-year-old man is the former chief executive.

The third accused is a 31-year-old woman who previously held the post of Human Resources Payroll Clerk.

The three are alleged to have paid additional salaries to themselves which was picked up during an internal audit conducted by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service last year.

The FRCS then referred the matter to the Criminal Investigation Department’s Anti-Money Laundering Unit.

The first accused is alleged to have received more than $99,000, while the second accused is alleged to have received $75,000 while the third accused is alleged to have received more than $46,000.

The first accused has been charged with seven counts of money laundering, while the second accused has been charged with four counts of money laundering and the third accused faces 79 counts of money laundering.

The three accused will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today.