THE Suva Magistrates Court has deferred the plea of former Public Roads and Utilities spokeswoman Sainiana Waqainabete Radrodro.
An amended charge sheet was presented to Magistrate Yohan Liyanage by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption yesterday.
Mrs Radrodro is charged with 11 counts of obtaining a financial advantage by deception contrary to section 318 of the Crimes Decree No 44 of 2009. FICAC prosecutor, Rashmi Aslam made an application to file the amended charges, in order to rectify the minor errors made in the initial charges.
With the amended charges, the accused is alleged to have obtained financial advantage by falsely stating that the Minister for Works, Transport and Public Utilities had requested a grand total of $9560 over 11 separate occasions between May of 2010 and June 2011.
Representing Mrs Radrodro was lawyer Seruwaia Nayacalevu, who told the court she did not object to the amended charges.
Mr Liyanage approved the amended charges.
The case has been adjourned to February 4 for mention and bail has been extended for the accused.