FNPF money by deception: woman charged

A woman charged in relation to the alleged use of the fund’s members’ cyclone relief assistance appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Lepania Lawavou was alleged to have dishonestly obtained money by deception through an FNPF cheque worth $4600.

Ms Lawavou appeared before Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Luke Qerawaqa had not objected to bail but, however, requested for strict bail conditions.

Magistrate Liyanage granted bail on a surety bail of $500 for each two sureties.

He ordered the accused not to travel overseas.

Meanwhile, Rachael Likutabua Matakibau, a former customer service officer at the FNPF who was also charged with similar offences, was released on a $2000 surety bail bond by the Suva Magistrates Court.

Ms Matakibau, who is charged with four counts of obtaining property by deception, also appeared before Magistrate Liyanage.

She is alleged to have dishonestly obtained $15,600 through the FNPF belonging to four different recipients with intent to permanently deprive them.

Ms Matakibau was required to get two sureties.

Sergeant Qerawaqa did not object to bail, but requested that the accused reside with her mother so she could be under her mother’s supervision and that the accused was not to reoffend if granted bail.

Mr Liyanage granted bail on the condition that the accused surrender all her travel documents to the court and not to interfere with prosecution witnesses.

Both cases have been adjourned to July 13.

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