Ex-PWD employees receive additional imprisonment terms

FORMER  employees of the Public Works Department (PWD) received additional imprisonment of three years each for defrauding PWD.

Vaciseva Lagai and Ana Laqere appeared before judge Justice Chamath Morais today.

They were charged with a count each of abuse of office and two counts each of causing a loss by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) in 2014.

The duo had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges, however,  changed their plea and were convicted.

Justice  Morais described the systematic breaches as a serious breach of the trust of their employer, which involved a significant amount of public funds.

Both women admitted to facilitating the processing of false payments to Mass Stationery Supplies Limited between January 2010 and March 2010 and caused a combined loss of $10,557.50 to PWD.

They are currently serving time in jail for similar corruption-related offences, which they were convicted of in 2017 and are serving eight and 10-year sentences, respectively.

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