A WOMAN who obtained about $9000 from a man to arrange for his skill migration to Australia has been fined $1000 and discharged without a conviction.
Shobna Mishra, 32, pleaded guilty in the Lautoka Magistrate's Court to a charge of obtaining financial advantage by deception.
Divisional prosecuting officer Western, Assistant Superintendent of Police Anil Prasad told the court that between August 25 and November 25, 2011, Ms Mishra obtained $9426 from Rikil Kritesh Chand.
Mr Chand, 28, a plumber, gave Ms Mishra the money to arrange for his skill migration to Australia but she failed to do so and instead used the money.
ASP Prasad said Mr Chand went to Ms Mishra after six months to check for his visa and he was told by her that it was under process.
When Mr Chand later rang Ms Mishra to enquire about the visa, she did not answer her mobile phone and calls were later diverted.
Mr Chand then reported the matter to police and Ms Mishra confessed to taking the money from him.
While sentencing her, magistrate Lakmini Girihagama told Ms Mishra the court observed that her behaviour involved a great breach of trust and betrayal of confidence.
She took into consideration that Ms Mishra had repaid the full amount to Mr Chand and showed genuine remorse.
Ms Mishra was ordered to pay a $1000 fine, failing which she would be jailed for 45 days. The matter will be reviewed next month.