Former PWD duo jailed on corruption charges

TWO former employees of the then-Public Works Department (PWD) have been sentenced by the High Court in Suva.

Serving inmate Amelia Vunisea was sentenced to two years and eight months imprisonment, while Laisa Halafi was sentenced to four years imprisonment.

A non-parole period was not set.

The two are serving prisoners and will serve their sentences concurrently.

Vunisea was convicted of one count of abuse and 33 counts of causing a loss.

The loss caused to the PWD amounted to $93,512.48.

Halafi was convicted of one count of abuse of office and 27 counts of causing a loss, and one count of obtaining financial advantage.

She caused a total loss of $75.981.91 to PWD and she obtained financial advantage amounting to $27,400.

They were charged with seven others by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC).

Justice Moraias said the duo had entered an early guilty plea and they were remorseful for their actions.

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