ARRESTS EXPECTED IN $13 MILLION FIJI MINISTRY SCAM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, July 21) - Fiji cabinet ministers, senior and mid-level public servants, and company executives are among about 40 people likely to be arrested and charged for their role in a US$13 million agriculture ministry scam.

The Daily Post reports this has been revealed by the director of criminal investigations, Senior Superintendent Emosi Vunisa.

It quotes Vunisa as saying police investigations so far have revealed collusion between executives of hardware companies and public servants to defraud the government.

This was done through the use of forged quotations, fictitious and inflated invoices, and non-compliance with government procedures.

In return government officials were rewarded with cash, liquor and vehicles as well as building materials.

Vunisa said police files would go to the director of public prosecutions whose office will lay the charges.

He has warned senior public servants engaged in or contemplating corrupt practices or white-collar crime to abandon such practices.

July 22, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

 

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