Two women convicted of money laundering to be sentenced today
September 18, 2018 9:01 pm
Two women found guilty of laundering more than half a million dollars will be sentenced in the Suva High Court this hour.
Rosheen Raj and Rine Sorby were convicted with one count of money laundering and jointly charged for another count of laundering.
It was established in court that the two while being former finance officers of the Pacific Theological College in Suva falsified documents to obtain financial advantage.
In his judgement yesterday, Justice Salesi Temo says tough sentences are needed as a deterrent to would be offenders of such crimes.
Defense counsel in its submission pleaded for a lenient sentence of six years for Raj and five years for Sorby, while the Prosecution suggested 12 years.
The court says jailing people for six years for such a crime will only encourage Fijians, whereas, a decade imprisonment will serve as a warning for those who want to steal from their employers.