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Police await report on fake certificates

Nanise Loanakadavu
Friday, June 14, 2013

POLICE are yet to receive the report in relation to the fake certificates that were confiscated by officials of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority on Monday.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said they would conduct the necessary investigations once they received the official report.

"We can't comment on anything at this stage until an official report is lodged with us," Ms Naisoro said.

Authority chief executive officer Jitoko Tikolevu earlier said they would refer the matter to police for further investigations.

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

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

Mr Tikolevu said the package was confiscated 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.


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