Man de­nies money laun­der­ing charge

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A man charged with money laun­der­ing in­volv­ing $117,011 ap­peared at the High Court in Suva yes­ter­day. Mukesh­war Singh, 32, de­nied the charge be­fore Jus­tice Achala Wen­ga­pulli. Two other peo­ple in­volved in the case had pleaded guilty. Savita Singh was sen­tenced to five years im­pris­on­ment. Sak­iusa Vakarewa, then a Fiji Rev­enue and Cus­toms Au­thor­ity em­ployee, is await­ing sen­tence.

It is al­leged that Singh with an­other per­son from May 1, 2005 till Novem­ber 30, 2009, en­gaged di­rectly or in­di­rectly in trans­ac­tions in­volv­ing $117,011 be­long­ing to FRCA . FRCA con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2011 where they found that 27 tax­pay­ers were us­ing the same postal ad­dress.

The State prose­cu­tion called its first wit­ness, Teresi Solomoni, the na­tional man­ager In­ter­nal As­sur­ance of FRCA. He ex­plained the process of how tax­pay­ers could ap­ply for their tax re­turns.

Singh’s lawyer, Jiten Reddy, will cross-ex­am­ine Mr Solomoni to­day.

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