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Ex-civil servant sent to prison

Litia Cava
Thursday, March 01, 2018

A FORMER senior education officer charged with corruption related offences was sentenced to three years imprisonment with a non-parole period of two years by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Joe Hewson, who was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with 11 counts of forgery, 11 counts of uttering a forged document and 11 counts of obtaining money by virtue of a forged instrument, appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili yesterday.

While delivering his sentence, Mr Ratuvili told the accused that he held a responsible position because he was the trustee of Ratu Emeri Catholic School.

Hewson obtained a total of $13,005.98 from the school account.

Mr Ratuvili said the accused had made no attempt to reimburse the funds, therefore, the school was deprived of funds that could have been used for its projects.

He said the court needed to impose a deterrent sentence.

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