A MAN will now spend 18 months behind bars for obtaining financial advantage by deception.
And anyone who is deceitful and convincing and obtains financial advantage by deception will get no mercy from the court, says Magistrate Chaitanya Lakshman of the Suva Magistrates Court.
While sentencing Wise Cama, Magistrate Lakshman said: "It seems Cama was looking for an easy way to make money by deceiving others.
"The court will not suspend your sentences as you planned well and convinced to obtain money from the complainant."
Magistrate Lakshman said the message should be clear to members of the community and people who think like Cama.
Between June 11, 2011 and August 2011, Cama obtained $1468 from Ritesh Chand at Laucala Beach Estate by deceptive means.
Magistrate Lakshman told Cama his offence was punishable by a maximum 10 years imprisonment. However, he said taking into account Cama's guilty plea, the court would reduce his sentence because he had saved everyone's time with an early guilty plea.