Two re­manded for forgery against FNPF

Ve­cena and Ali have been charged for false rep­re­sen­ta­tion in order to ob­tain ben­e­fit for them­selves

Fiji Sun - - Sport: Business: - KATHRIN KR­ISHNA Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Two men ap­peared at the Ba Mag­is­trate’s Court for al­legedly mak­ing false dec­la­ra­tion in the Help For Homes ini­tia­tive in order to ob­tain ben­e­fit for them­selves. Ere­masi Ve­cena and Sa­heem Ali of Tau­ve­g­avega Set­tle­ment, Ba have been charged for false rep­re­sen­ta­tion in order to ob­tain ben­e­fit for them­selves and are in Po­lice cus­tody. State pros­e­cu­tor Semi Babitu said Ali had pre­vi­ous counts of false dec­la­ra­tion from 2004, 2010 and 2011. Mr Babitu said Ali needed to pro­vide surety for the bail ap­pli­ca­tion. Ali told Mag­is­trate Mos­ese Naivalu that he was sick, had heart prob­lems and asthma. Mag­is­trate Naivalu re­manded Ali for two weeks in cus­tody. Mag­is­trate Naivalu then re­manded Ve­cena in cus­tody as well be­cause of the se­ri­ous­ness of the case as it was of pub­lic in­ter­est. The case has been ad­journed to June 6. Un­der the False In­for­ma­tion Act 2016 any per­son con­victed could face a sen­tence of 10 years im­pris­on­ment or a fine of $20,000 or both.

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