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Three currency smuggling cases

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, June 15, 2014

THREE cases of currency smuggling by Fijians has been an issue of concern for the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority.

The Fijians were intercepted at the Nadi International Airport this year for failing to declare currency valued at more than $10,000 found in their possession.

FRCA chief executive officer Jitoko Tikolevu said despite numerous reminders, there were still certain individuals that were trying to beat the system.

"We would like to warn all those out there who are thinking of trying to smuggle currency," he said.

"We have well-trained and qualified Customs officers at our port of entries who are clamping down hard on currency smuggling," Mr Tikolevu said.

According to the authority, all three cases have been referred to police for further investigations.

These cases included a Nausori couple who were trying to flee the country with more than $150,000 undeclared cash stacked inside their luggage in March while an Asian couple were found in possession of more than $76,000 undeclared currency.

The third case was of a Nausori businessman who was found with more than $30,000 at the Nadi International Airport.

According to Section 32 (1) of the Financial Transactions Reporting Act 2004, any person who leaves or arrives into the country with more than $10,000 should declare it to the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority or face a fine of up to $60,000 or an imprisonment of up to 10 years or both.

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