20th September 06:10 PM
Pranesh Kumar charged with corruption related offences sentenced to 4 years imprisonment
By Iva Danford
Monday 16/04/2018

A former employee of a Printery firm was sentenced to four years imprisonment by the Suva Magistrates Court after being convicted for three counts of obtaining a financial advantage.

Pranesh Kumar was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption in 2017 and was sentenced to four years imprisonment for each count to be served concurrently.

The offences were committed in December 2016 when Kumar was employed as an Information Technology Support Officer at a Printery Firm in Suva and obtained advantages of $6,800.

During the time of the offence, Kumar’s duties included attending to network printing, communication and network issues, such as he had access to printing room area which was used for cheques and plate printing.

In sentencing, Chief Magistrate, Usaia Ratuvili stated that the offences were spread out over two weeks and Kumar used his employee access to commit the offences.

It was further stated that Kumar actively attempted to conceal his tracks by cashing the cheque at a supermarket instead of a bank.

Kumar is eligible for parole after serving two years of his sentence.

Twenty-eight days has been given for appeal.

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