THE HIGH Court in Suva yesterday heard of how Fiji National Provident Fund former deputy general manager Foana Nemani collected an acting and responsibility allowance apart from her salary.
A former manager of the benefits department John Konrote took the stand yesterday. He told the court that he was one of the signatories of the ANZ cheque prepared for Ms Nemani allowing the release of $5991.18 that is alleged to have been owed to her as responsibility allowance arrears.
In court also was FICAC's investigating officer for the Central and Eastern Division, Isireli Tagicaki. He said apart from the responsibility allowance, Ms Nemani was also receiving an acting allowance.
Mr Tagicaki told the court that after careful analysis, he concluded there was a surplus in the amount on the payslip because the acting allowance was not recorded on the payslip. Ms Nemani is charged with one count of extortion by public servant and another of abuse of office.
She is alleged to have accepted a reward of $26,487.12 on the first count between July 2005 and January 2006.
On the second count, she allegedly authorised a responsibility allowance of $33,000 to then general manager Olota Rokovunisei.
FICAC lawyer Rashmi Aslam will make his closing submissions on Monday.
Ms Nemani is alleged to have left the country in 2011 after citing medical problems and has not returned and is being tried in absentia.