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Three Northern Traders charged for Homes CARE fraud

June 11, 2018 5:19 am

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission has charged another three traders, this time in the Northern Division for offences related to the Homes CARE initiative.

FCCC’s CEO Joel Abraham says their joint investigation with the Consumer Council of Fiji has found a number of traders taking advantage of the current government assistance which has to date assisted more than 56 thousand Fijians.

“In the Northern Division, we’ve confirmed that we will be laying charges on Monday on three traders as well, one is on price disparity, the other one is for a, when I say price disparity is there is two tier pricing system and will lay the charges on Monday for that particular trader and for two others it’s really a price variance.”

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Last week, FCCC charged four traders in the Western Divison over similar issues of that in the North.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Social Welfare – Dr. Josefa Koroivueta is urging the general public to ensure that they are being honest with hefty fines for any fraudulent activities under the program.

Anyone found to have breached the requirements of the Homes CARE initiative can face up to $20 000 in fines and up to 10 years imprisonment.

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