28 Sep 2004

Fiji's auditor general uncovers massive fraud in the military

7:17 am on 28 September 2004

Fiji's auditor general has uncovered massive fraud in the military with purchasing officers paying out millions of dollars for goods which were not delivered.

The Fiji Sun says the 1-point-9 million US dollar scam is revealed in the auditor general's report for 2003 tabled in parliament yesterday.

The report says the false certification of purchase orders and invoices to indicate that goods had been received was intentional and tantamount to fraud.

The two companies involved, Lotus Garments and Unitex, have confirmed the goods were not supplied even though the receipts said they has already done so in 2003.

They said supplies had just stared in 2004.

The auditor general has recommended that the two officers involved be disciplined and surcharged, and investigations carried out into why payments were made with false papers which contributed to excessive over expenditure in the military.