25th August 01:34 AM
Hiramatsu, Qaranivalu, Tadulala and Sara produced in court today
By Pratika Mala
Friday 16/08/2019

Former FNPF employee, Jack Hiramatsu, former TLTB employee, Adi Mara Qaranivalu, high school teacher Seini Tadulala and Naval Officer Melisa-teki Sara who are allegedly involved in illegally obtaining funds from the Fiji National Provident Fund have been  produced in the Suva Magistrates Court.

Qaranivalu, Tadulala and Sara have been released on bail.

Hiramatsu has been remanded in custody as he failed to produce sureties in court.

Hiramatsu will be produced in the Suva Magistrates Court tomorrow morning for his bail hearing.

Qaranivalu, Tadulala and Sara will be produced in the Suva Magistrates Court on the 11th of next month to take their plea.

Magistrate Deepika Prakash has issued a stop departure against all four.

Hiramatsu and Qaranivalu were earlier produced in court with six others for allegedly using forged legal documents to obtain $49,300 from FNPF.

Hiramatsu has been charged with five counts of forgery for allegedly forging various legal documents to purchase land.

Qaranivalu has been charged with one count of forgery for allegedly forging a Certificate of Title.

Tadulala has 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.

Sara has 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 document knowing very well that he would use the 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.

Tadulala and Sara 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 the four.

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