90 counts of money laundering, ODPP reveals

NINETY counts of money laundering were recorded by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions last month alone.

This was revealed in the monthly statistics for serious crimes released by the ODPP yesterday.

“Two 27-year-olds and a 31-year-old were charged with 90 counts of money laundering. The three are former employees of Shop N Save supermarket and are alleged to have laundered approximately $200,000 through falsification of employee accounts,” the ODPP statistics revealed.

A total of 152 counts of separate incidents were recorded last month.

There were 61 accused persons; five of who were juveniles and four were police officers.

According to the ODPP, two police officers were charged with the alleged murder of a 21-year-old man at Totogo Police Station in Suva, while two other officers were charged with act with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and abuse of office.

In one incident, a 21-year-old man was charged for the alleged murder of a 53-year-old man.

He was also charged with aggravated robbery and the attempted rape of the deceased’s daughter.

In a separate incident, a 45-year-old man allegedly threw a knife and also hit his 40-year-old wife with the knife causing her grievous bodily harm, while in another incident, a 44-year-old man used a cane knife and a stick to attack his 29-year-old nephew causing him grievous bodily harm.

A 28-year-old man was charged with unlawful wounding after he allegedly wounded his 30-year-old wife by throwing a glass bottle at her.

There were five incidents where foreign nationals were victims of alleged robbery cases.

According to the ODPP, a 32-year-old man who was charged with unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs and criminal intimidation allegedly cultivated 1079 plants of cannabis sativa weighing 43.5 kilograms and threatened a police officer with a cane knife.

FACT FILE:

  •  Money laundering – 90
  •  Aggravated robbery cases – 17
  • Theft – 14
  • Aggravated burglary – 14
  • Murder – 2
  • Unlawful cultivation – 2
  • Act with intent to cause grievous bodily
    harm – 3
  • Assault causing actual bodily harm – 3
  • Arson, assault, unlawful wounding, criminal
    intimidation, abuse of office, damaging
    property and breach of domestic violence
    restraining order (DVRO) – 1 each

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