TANIELA Bolea, the former CEO of the then Fiji Audio Visual Commission, has been found guilty of four counts of abuse of office.
Bolea, who has not attended trial since 2011 with his whereabouts unknown, authorised payment of $15,289.14 to ANZ Bank for his Visa business card from January 12, 2004 to July 31, 2007 without approval from the Fiji Audio Visual Commission board.
The court heard that on January 12, 2004, Bolea approved the payment of $7248.48 to ANZ Bank for his Visa business card without the approval of the commission's board chairman.
He repeated this payment authorisation on April 28, 2004, for $4286.14; on August 18, 2005, for $2930.94; and on July 31, 2007 for $823.59.
Magistrate Shagit Somaratne said Bolea did not follow the procedures and instead directed that payments be made by the accountants; and by behaving in this manner, he had prejudiced the rights of the commission which was a public body.
Mr Somaratne said since Bolea had absconded from trial, he had no opportunity to present a defence.
He added he was satisfied with the evidence provided by the prosecution.
FICAC expects to give their sentencing submissions on October 16 after which Mr Somaratne will decide a sentencing date.