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Fake uni papers

Timoci Vula
Thursday, June 13, 2013

FIJI Customs officials have confiscated 41 fake certificates alleged to have been issued by a locally-based university.

The fake certificates were in a package that was part of overseas consignments to be cleared by Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority officials marked for local destinations.

Authority CEO Jitoko Tikolevu said the package was detained after officials became suspicious of the authenticity of the certificates.

He said the university concerned verified that the certificates were counterfeit.

He said investigations by Customs officers at the Customs Baggage Hall revealed that the certificates were printed in a foreign country and were being sent to a local address.

A statement issued last night, signed by Mr Tikolevu, said the package was addressed to no particular person, and an overseas phone number was listed as a contact.

It stated that the certificates were for English language courses.

The statement added that according to the courier company, which was to deliver the package, all charges had been prepaid.

"We will be referring the matter to police for further investigation," Mr Tikolevu said.

"However, this is a reminder to members of the public that we will be vigilant in our work.

"FRCA's role is to protect our border and we will ensure the security of all ports of entries at all times."

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said police would wait for a report from the authority before they carried out their investigations.





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