Former FNPF employee Jack Hiramatsu and former TLTB employee Adi Mara Qaranivalu who were earlier produced in court with six others for allegedly using forged legal documents to allegedly obtain $49,300 from the Fiji National Provident Fund will be produced in the Suva Magistrates Court again today along with two others facing similar charges.
More charges have been laid as investigators from the Criminal Investigation Department's Fraud Unit continue their crackdown on those allegedly involved in illegally obtaining funds from FNPF.
Hiramatsu has been charged with five counts of forgery for allegedly forging various legal documents to purchase land.
Adi Mara Qaranivalu has been charged with one count of forgery for allegedly forging a Certificate of Title.
A 32 year old high school teacher, has also been charged with one count of using forged documents and one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception for allegedly obtaining $7,300 from FNPF using forged documents.
A 40 year old Naval Officer, has also been charged with one count of using forged documents and one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception for allegedly obtaining $30,200 from FNPF using forged documents.
The alleged offences took place between the 6th and 11th of June 2019, where Qaranivalu is alleged to have given a Certificate of Title to Hiramatsu after tampering with the said document knowing very well that he would use the said Title for the withdrawal of funds from FNPF.
It is alleged Hiramatsu altered the Title and lodged the same together with other forged documents at FNPF to assume that the high school teacher and Naval Officer were prospective buyers of the property.
The high school teacher and Naval Officer then allegedly submitted their original Urban Housing Assistance withdrawal forms to the first accused with the intention of inducing FNPF Officials to accept it as genuine and upon its acceptance, to dishonestly obtain a gain to the total amount of $37,500 which was released from their FNPF accounts.
The money was allegedly shared amongst all the accused persons.