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Three deny charges

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, April 24, 2014

A BUSINESSMAN and two former workers of the then Department of National Roads, accused of being involved in an alleged scam pleaded not guilty in the High Court in Suva yesterday.

The alleged scam was where about $3million was siphoned from the government.

Feroz Jan Mohammed, Iliesa Turagacati and Navitalai Tamanitoakula are charged with bribery, obtaining a financial advantage and abuse of office.

The charge alleges between February 27 and July 2012, Mr Mohammed, a director of TF Jan Bulldozing Company Limited, offered payments amounting to $93,000 to Mr Turagacati, who was a public servant employed as an acting project accountant in the then Department of National Roads.

It is also alleged in that same period, Mr Mohammed and his company obtained a financial advantage amounting to $3,132,773.77 by receiving money the company was not entitled to, upon submitting false invoices and circumventing the proper procedures concerning the processing of payments with the influence of Mr Turagacati.

According to the charges, the payments were made from the funds allocated for upgrading the Nausori Highland road.

The third accused in this matter, Mr Tamanitoakula, is charged with abuse of office.

He is alleged to have processed payments amounting to $2,468,169.86 paid to TF Jan Bulldozing Company Limited without following proper procedures.

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