Couple charged for allegedly getting $500 in Parenthood Assistance from the Govt through dishonest means

Couple charged for allegedly getting $500 in Parenthood Assistance from the Govt through dishonest means

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 08/12/2023
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A couple has been charged by FICAC for allegedly obtaining a gain by falsely declaring on the Parenthood Assistance Payment Programme Form that their baby was born after 1st August 2018 and is not deceased and obtained a gain amounting to $500 from the Ministry of Economy.

Kelereani Waqauru has been charged with General Dishonesty – Obtaining A Gain while Noa Bola has been charged with Aiding and Abetting General Dishonesty – Obtaining A Gain

It is alleged that this offence was committed between 1st February to 28th February 2019.

State Counsel Josann Pene informed the Suva Magistrates Court that the first phase of disclosures has been served.

Resident Magistrate Krishan Prasad granted a non-cash bail of $1,000 and ordered the couple not to re-offend whilst on bail.

Waqauru and Bola have been ordered not to interfere with the prosecution witnesses, not to change their residential addresses without first informing the Court and to surrender their travel documents to the Court.

They are ordered to report to the FICAC Office once a month on the last working day of each month.

A stop departure order has been issued against them.

The matter has been adjourned to 31st January 2024 for plea and legal representation from the Legal Aid Commission.

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