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FICAC warning

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, February 23, 2013

PEOPLE found impersonating Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption officers would be liable on conviction to a fine of $20,000.

This was stated by FICAC senior awareness officer Sangeeta Singh during her presentation at the FICAC awareness workshop in Suva. Ms Singh said pretending to be a FICAC officer in order to deceive others and gain some advantage was a crime the commission took seriously and if caught the person shall be liable on conviction to a fine of $20,000 and one year imprisonment.

FICAC public affairs officer Cegu Babana said participants at the workshop were reminded of their responsibility when fighting such crimes.

"Members of the public have the right to verify the identity of any individual claiming to be a public official by checking their identification cards and calling their respective departments to substantiate the official's legitimacy," Ms Babana said. She said FICAC officers always carried a blue identification card and investigators a maroon card.