Man denies money laundering charge
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.