Lawyer and businessman given suspended sentence for forgery

Suva lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma (front) coming of court today. Picture: JESSICA SAVIKE

SUVA lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma and businessman Benjamin Padarath have been given a suspended sentence by the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Vakaloloma has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, which has been suspended for two years.

Padarath has been sentenced to 14 months imprisonment which has been suspended for two years.

The duo were charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption with a count each of forgery.

Padarath and Vakaloloma forged the Articles of Association of BECP Engineering Construction (Fiji) Ltd with a false page 27 by altering the subscription for Adishwar Padarath and Voreqe Bainimarama.

The incident occurred between October 14, 2009, and December 31, 2009.

While sentencing the two, Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili said that forgery was a serious offence and that the level of culpability was high.

He added that Vakaloloma had failed in his professional duties.

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