23 Dec 2005

Australian citizen jailed in Fiji for money laundering

11:12 am on 23 December 2005

An Australian citizen has been jailed for five years in Fiji for obtaining registration by false pretences, forgery, obtaining money by false pretence and money laundering.

Radio Legend reports that Timothy O'Keefe pleaded guilty to all charges.

The Suva magistrate's court was told that O'Keefe entered Fiji with a fake passport and started a company by the name of Asia-Pacific Finance using a false name.

He then opened an account at the WESTPAC Bank and received over 70-thousand US dollars from Australian residents by advertising in Australian newspapers.

Magistrate John Semisi said it was a premeditated and well planned offence which targetted innocent people.

He said very little money from this crime was recovered.

O'Keefe's alleged accomplice, John Pillay, pleaded not guilty and has been remanded in custody till his next appearance in court on the 5th of January.