Former teacher jailed

A 32-YEAR-OLD former school-teacher was sentenced to five years imprisonment last week by the High Court in Suva for money laundering.

Savita Singh had pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering.

She had admitted to laundering funds amounting to $2400 from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) in 2007.

High Court judge Justice Achala Wengappuli said the proceeds of crime in relation to the offence committed were funds of a government agency.

“Your involvement in the commission of the offence is not limited to being a mere accessory to a grand scheme of fraud, but as an active participant at its several stages,” Justice Wengappuli said.

However, the court took into account that she was a first offender, a mother, co-operated with police, she had repaid the money to the State, she had apologised to the court and she promised not to reoffend.

Singh will serve 12 months in prison before she is eligible for parole.

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