20 Sep 2006

Fiji port staff caught in fraud sting

4:01 pm on 20 September 2006

The installation of surveillance equipment at Suva wharf in Fiji has resulted in 30 workers ranging up to supervisor level being caught engaging in fraud and abuse of funds.

The Daily Post says the human resources manager of the Fiji Ports Corporation, Jioji Taholo, has confirmed that the 30 workers were caught on closed circuit television cameras in just one day.

The cameras were installed after long standing allegations of corrupt practices a Suva wharf resulting in losses of millions of dollars to traders whose cargo was brought into the country through the port.

Mr Taholo says the 30 workers were charged with various offences and have given their responses.

Their fate will be decided at a meeting of the corporation's executive committee this week.