Fiji Time: 1:55 PM on Saturday 30 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Travel scam

Geraldine Panapasa
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A LOCAL businessman has landed himself in hot water after attempting to leave the country with a fake passport.

Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority confirmed yesterday the man, suspected of liquor smuggling and Customs duty evasion of about $1.3million, was stopped at Nadi International Airport last week while attempting to leave the country.

"FRCA had imposed a departure prohibition order on the man because of these investigations. However, he was able to obtain another passport under a different name," said CEO Jitoko Tikolevu.

"The passport bearing his name under the departure prohibition order list was found in his possession.

"The man was travelling with his wife.

"Foreign and local currencies worth over $150,000 were found in his wife's possession."

Mr Tikolevu said the wife had claimed ownership of the funds and was issued a notice of seizure by FRCA.

"FRCA has detained the funds and the woman has been requested to explain to the authority how these funds were obtained," he said.

"FRCA has referred the passport scam to police for further investigations."

Mr Tikolevu said FRCA would continue to be vigilant at the borders and acknowledged the hard work of Customs officers at the Nadi International Airport and assistance of other border agencies.

FRCA Customs risk and compliance national manager Tevita Tupou said the suspect was intending to travel to Hong Kong with his wife, adding they were investigating three cases against the Fijian man of Indian descent.

"Bootleggers have been around a long time," he said.

"One of the reasons they chose to smuggle liquor is because the duty is very high and it's good business for those who are able to smuggle that through."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64150.6225
JPY 51.982948.9829
GBP 0.36900.3610
EUR 0.44000.4280
NZD 0.69550.6625
AUD 0.65310.6281
USD 0.48960.4726

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Father sent to jail
  2. 36pc for him
  3. Tiko warns 'lazy' tutors
  4. We are slaves, PM told
  5. Warning against hate posts
  6. NFP issues challenge
  7. PM draws TV trial period
  8. Day off for players
  9. Deans rugby: Suva Grammar secures semi-final spot
  10. State defends cane payment

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tourist fined $400 for apples Tuesday (26 Jul)
  2. Fitter and faster Tuesday (26 Jul)
  3. Student jumps from school building Tuesday (26 Jul)
  4. Black money Monday (25 Jul)
  5. Mum rises above limits Wednesday (27 Jul)
  6. Allegiance switch Sunday (24 Jul)
  7. Alleged rape victim out of hospital Monday (25 Jul)
  8. Reaction from 7s players Monday (25 Jul)
  9. Alarm over 'illegal' property purchases Tuesday (26 Jul)
  10. Chilling out in Chile Thursday (28 Jul)