21st June 07:35 AM
3 former executives of a major supermarket charged with corruption related charges to take their plea next year
By Faria Begum
Thursday 06/12/2018

Three former executives of a major supermarket chain who are charged with offences relating to obtaining money deceptively will take their plea on the 1st of March next year.

Abhisaeth Abhimaanu, Kavishay Abhimaanu and Amrita Anand have been charged for their alleged involvement in deceptively obtaining more than $200,000 between 2011 and 2016 whilst employed at the supermarket’s headquarters in Nasinu.

Abhisaeth Abhimaanu is the company's former Chief Finance Officer, Kavishay Abhimaanu is the former CEO and Amrita Anand is the former Human Resources Payroll Clerk.

Abhisaeth Abhimaanu is charged with seven counts of money laundering, Kavishay Abhimaanu is charged with four counts of money laundering while Amrita Anand is charged with 79 counts of money laundering.

It is alleged that the three paid additional salaries to themselves which was picked up during an internal audit conducted by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service in 2017 and the matter was referred to the Criminal Investigations Department's Anti Money Laundering Unit.

Abhisaeth Abhimaanu is alleged to have received more than $99,000, Kavishay Abhimaanu is alleged to have received $75,000 while Amrita Anand is alleged to have received more than $46,000.

High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar has asked that the accused persons file a fresh bail application in the Suva High Court.

They have been asked to make arrangement for their sureties to sign their bail applications within the next 48 hours.

The two sureties have been asked to sign on the bail application that has been in the Suva High Court for formality purposes as the accused persons were released on bail by the Suva Magistrates Court.

The three accused persons passports were previously submitted in the Suva Magistrates Court and they have now been asked to surrender their travel documents in the Suva High Court.

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