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Former executives facing money laundering charges to take plea next year

13:00 Thu Dec 06, 2018

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Praneeta Prakash

Three former executives of a major supermarket chain facing multiple charges of money laundering involving more than $200,000 were today ordered by the Suva High court to fill in a fresh bail form.

36-year-old Abhisaeth Abhimaanu, the company’s former chief finance officer is charged with seven counts of money laundering.

The second accused, 37 year old Kavishay Abhimaanu, the former chief executive, is alleged to have received $75,000 and is charged with four counts of money laundering

Third accused, former Human Resources Payroll Clerk Amrita Anand, is alleged to have received more than $46,000 and faces 79 counts of money laundering

The alleged incident happened between 2011 and 2016 while they were employed at the supermarket’s headquarters in Nasinu.

The three are alleged to have paid additional salaries to themselves which was picked up during an internal audit conducted by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service last year.

The FRCS then referred the matter to the Criminal Investigation Department’s Anti-Money Laundering Unit.

The three made their Suva High court appearance before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar.

The State asked for 21 days to file information and disclosures.

The matter has been adjourned to 1st March for plea.

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