A MAN who forged his degree to gain employment in the Legal Aid Commission has been given a suspended term.
Anjesh Maharaj was charged with, among others, one count of falsification of a document and possession of a forged document.
Maharaj, who is married and has a seven-month-old child, appeared before Magistrate Alipate Mataitini at the Suva Magistrates Court last week.
The court heard Maharaj committed the offence between 2008 and 2012. Magistrate Mataitini was informed the accused falsified a Bachelor of Arts Degree of an unknown person issued by the USP.
He used a scanner to insert his own name and signature onto the degree and applied for a job at the Legal Aid Commission. However, the court heard one of the panellists got suspicious and asked for the original document.
After enquiring with the university, the commission reported the matter to the police after they confirmed Maharaj was not the rightful holder.
Mr Mataitini, in sentencing Maharaj, said falsifying documents and using them to deceive an authority could lead to disastrous consequences.
He sentenced Maharaj to three years imprisonment and suspended it for three and a half years.
Maharaj was given 28 days to appeal.