Former postmaster fronts court over corruption-related offences

A FORMER postmaster charged with corruption-related offences was produced at the Sigatoka Magistrates Court yesterday.

Paulo Ramasima is charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one count each of theft and falsification of documents.

It was alleged that the accused stole $17,972.55 in cash, post office stock worth $591.93 and folio stock of $610.36 between August 2017 and June 2018.

It was also alleged that Mr Ramasima falsified a received telegram form and a payment voucher of $13,000 with the intention to obtain that gain from Post Fiji last April.

FICAC lawyer Sera Fatafehi informed the court that first phase disclosures were served and requested that strict bail conditions be imposed on the accused.

Resident Magistrate Jeremaia Savou instructed Mr Ramasima to surrender his passport and issued a stop departure order disallowing him to travel abroad.

The matter has been adjourned to July 16.

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