FIJI FARMERS SAY THEY THOUGHT $100,000 "GIFT FROM GOD"

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 22, 2002 - FM96/PINA Nius Online)---Four farmers from Ba admitted in court that they took more than F$ 100,000 (US$ 43,000) they found in a bag on the road in Suva and started spending it.

They said they thought the money was a "gift from God."

The moneybag fell from a security vehicle transporting cash for a bank and was found by the men, who had been selling mangoes at Suva market.

Epeli Duvu, Nimilote Vakavuna, Sakiusa Raicebe and Milio Vatibau are alleged to have used the money to buy three vehicles and building materials. They also gave money to family and friends.

They have since been remanded in custody for sentencing.

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