Four plead not guilty to defrauding FNPF

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FOUR people who allegedly defrauded the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) of over $30,000 have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Former FNPF employee Jack Edward Hiramatsu, 32-year-old former TLTB employee Adi Mara Rufina Qaranivalu, Melisateki Wara and Seini Pece Tadulala appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court last week.

Mr Hiramatsu is charged with five counts of forgery for allegedly forging various legal documents pertaining to the purchase of land.

Ms Qaranivalu is charged with one count of forgery for allegedly forging a Certificate of Title.

Mr Wara is charged with one count of using forged document and one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception for allegedly obtaining $30,200 from FNPF using forged document while Ms Tadulala who is charged with one count of using a forged document and one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception had earlier pleaded not guilty.

The alleged incidents occurred in 2019.

The court was informed there were no admissions in the caution interview statement and that Mr Hiramatsu and Ms Qaranivalu were not challenging their statements.

All four had their bail extended, however, Mr Hiramatsu was remanded for another similar matter.

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