TWO Chinese nationals have pleaded guilty to failing to declare more than $80,000 while departing the country at the Nadi International Airport earlier this month.
Appearing before Magistrate Kashyapa Wickeramasekara on Friday, 63-year-old Guan Giwei Qu was charged with one count of failing to declare money worth more than $10,000 at the border.
Qu pleaded guilty to failing to declare a total of $39,350.50 to immigration officials before departing the country on October 16 on a Korean Air flight destined for China. The court heard the Chinese businessman had entered the country on October 11 and was scheduled to leave for China five days later.
While checking in at the airport, Qu claimed to have made a total of $30,000 worth of shopping and was claiming VAT on items that he had purchased during his stay. Suspicious immigration officials searched the accused and found US$21,609 in cash along with Chinese, European and Fijian currencies.
The accused was granted a $3000 bail and will be sentenced this week.
A second Chinese national Wang Haji , 53 was also on the same flight to China when border officials searched his luggage to discover $45,774.72.
He was arrested at Nadi airport and admitted to the offence when appearing before Magistrate Peni Dalituicama on Friday. Haji was granted a $1500 bail and will be sentenced on October 21.