Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Theft by Fiji Civil Servant

Ex-MP dobs in State diesel theft suspect

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 -

A DRIVER of a State-owned vehicle was caught red-handed transferring diesel from the vehicle and allegedly selling it to a shopkeeper early yesterday.

Former diplomat Ratu Tevita Momoedonu, who was passing by on his way to his cane farm early yesterday morning, witnessed the incident at the Vuda Back Road in Lautoka and alerted police.

Ratu Tevita said that he was driving past and saw a Government vehicle, registration GM236, parked at the shop that belonged to one of his tenants.

He became suspicious when he saw a hose connected to the vehicle and two gallons on the ground.

"I stopped and asked them what was going on," he said.

Ratu Tevita said the driver told him that he had been selling diesel to that shop owner a number of times. "He said this was not the first time," he said.

Ratu Tevita said that it was ironic, especially when the interim Government was trying to weed out corruption.

"Yet one of their very own civil servants is doing this right under their noses," he said.

"No wonder the conditions of roads in the West and around Viti Levu is in a pathetic condition because one of their workers is selling the diesel to others."

The shopkeeper's son, Sanjay Prasad, said that he had nothing to say and would only give his statement to police.

Divisional Works Engineer Temo Veitokiyaki said they had been suspicious of the driver but had not been able to prove allegations against him.

Mr Veitokiyaki commended Ratu Tevita for alerting police.

Mr Veitokiyaki said it was a serious matter and they would investigate the case.

A police officer arrived at the scene 20 minutes later, but the driver had gone despite being asked to wait for police.

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