TWO men accused of falsifying e-ticketing payment vouchers and tickets were yesterday presented in the Suva Magistrates Court.
First accused Josaia Bainivalu is charged with six counts of falsification of documents while both Mr Bainivalu and the second accused, Kinivuwai Lenati, are jointly charged with two counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception.
Mr Bainivalu pleaded guilty to all charges against him and Mr Lenati pleaded not guilty to the two counts of obtaining financial advantage.
The court heard that between April 11 and August 17 last year, Mr Bainivalu allegedly falsified 14 payment vouchers amounting to $28,800 to be paid to Mr Lenati.
And on the same period, Mr Bainivalu falsified 14 tickets amounting to the same amount to be paid to Mr Lenati.
On the obtaining financial advantage charges, it is alleged the two obtained money from the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education's drawing account, fully aware that they were not eligible for the payment.
The court also heard that between February 4 and July 16 this year, Mr Bainivalu prepared 21 payment vouchers and tickets amounting to $30,595 to be paid to Mr Lenati.
The two men have been further remanded in custody.
Mr Lenati's lawyer Samanunu Vaniqi had asked for bail but was informed by magistrate Margaret Mua to file for bail application.
Ms Vaniqi requested that the court make an order that her client be kept at the Totogo Police Station as he feared for his safety because he was a homosexual.
However, Mrs Mua denied the request.
"He will be kept in remand like any other remanded prisoner. I cannot allow him to stay at CPS."
The matter has been adjourned to October 9.